Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes wheat gluten on the list of ingredients Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for direct addition to food.
Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety
The safety of wheat germ glycerides and triticum vulgare (wheat) gluten has been assessed by the Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety.
The Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that wheat germ glycerides and triticum vulgare (wheat) gluten were safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products. In 2001, as part of the scheduled re-evaluation of ingredients, the Expert Panel considered available new data on wheat germ glycerides and wheat gluten and reaffirmed the above conclusion.
The Expert Panel reviewed the results of laboratory tests on the safety of wheat germ glycerides, triticum vulgare (wheat) gluten, and of numerous cosmetics and personal care products containing these materials as presently used. These data supported the conclusion that wheat germ glycerides (0.25-2%) and wheat gluten (1%), in low concentrations in specific product formulations are non-sensitizing and nonirritating to human skin. Limited photopatch testing of wheat germ glycerides in lipstick bases (1-2%) was also negative.
Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for wheat gluten
Because some people are allergic to wheat, the FDA Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act requires that all food containing wheat be clearly labeled. Information about the FDA Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidance…
Wheat germ glycerides and wheat gluten may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.
Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation: