[Title 21 CFR 133.133]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - April 1, 1996 Edition]
[Title 21 - FOOD AND DRUGS]
[Chapter I - FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES--CONTINUED]
[Subchapter B - FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION]
[Part 133 - CHEESES AND RELATED CHEESE PRODUCTS]
[Subpart B - Requirements for Specific Standardized Cheese and Related]
[Sec. 133.133 - Cream cheese.]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


21FOOD AND DRUGS21996-04-011996-04-01falseCream cheese.133.133Sec. 133.133FOOD AND DRUGSFOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES--CONTINUEDFOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTIONCHEESES AND RELATED CHEESE PRODUCTSRequirements for Specific Standardized Cheese and Related
Sec. 133.133  Cream cheese.

    (a) Description. (1) Cream cheese is the soft, uncured cheese 
prepared by the procedure set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, 
or by any other procedure which produces a finished cheese having the 
same physical and chemical properties. The minimum milkfat content is 33 
percent by weight of the finished food, and the maximum moisture content 
is 55 percent by weight, as determined by the methods described in 
Sec. 133.5. The dairy ingredients used are pasteurized.
    (2) One or more of the dairy ingredients specified in paragraph 
(b)(1) of this section may be homogenized and is subjected to the action 
of lactic acid-producing bacterial culture. One or more of the clotting 
enzymes specified in paragraph (b)(2) of this section is added to 
coagulate the dairy ingredients. The coagulated mass may be warmed and 
stirred and it is drained. The moisture content may be adjusted with one 
or more of the optional ingredients specified in paragraph (b)(3)(ii) of 
this section. The curd may be pressed, chilled, and worked and it may be 
heated until it becomes fluid. It may then be homogenized or otherwise 
mixed. One or more of the optional dairy ingredients specified in 
paragraph (b)(1) and the other optional ingredients specified in 
paragraph (b)(3) of this section may be added during the procedure.
    (b) Optional ingredients. The following safe and suitable 
ingredients may be used:
    (1) Dairy ingredients. Milk, nonfat milk, or cream, as defined in 
Sec. 133.3, used alone or in combination.
    (2) Clotting enzymes. Rennet and/or other clotting enzymes of 
animal, plant, or microbial origin.
    (3) Other optional ingredients. (i) Salt.
    (ii) Cheese whey, concentrated cheese whey, dried cheese whey, or 
reconstituted cheese whey prepared by addition of water to concentrated 
cheese whey or dried cheese whey.
    (iii) Stabilizers, in a total amount not to exceed 0.5 percent of 
the weight of the finished food, with or without the addition of dioctyl 
sodium sulfosuccinate in a maximum amount of 0.5 percent of the weight 
of the stabilizer(s) used.
    (c) Nomenclature. The name of the food is ``cream cheese''.
    (d) Label declaration. Each of the ingredients used in the food 
shall be declared on the label as required by the applicable sections of 
parts 101 and 130 of this chapter, except that:
    (1) Enzymes of animal, plant, or microbial original may be declared 
as ``enzymes''; and
    (2) The dairy ingredients may be declared, in descending order of 
predominance, by the use of the terms ``milkfat and nonfat milk'' or 
``nonfat milk and milkfat'', as appropriate.

[54 FR 32053, Aug. 4, 1989, as amended at 58 FR 2892, Jan. 6, 1993]

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