Sterotex® NF is a powder that is widely used as a lubricant in tablet manufacturing in pharmaceutical and food supplement industries. It may be used in compacting and compounding processes in the catalyst, ceramic and powder metallurgy fields. Sterotex® NF is derived from fully refined, bleached and deodorized renewable vegetable oil, and is a neutral organic ester (triglyceride) that is low in ash content. Sterotex® NF is produced according to Kosher requirements. It is manufactured in USA.

INCI Name: Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil

Chemical Name: Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated

CAS Number: 68334-28-1

Functions: Binder, Bulking Agent, Conditioner, Controlled Release Agent, Emollient, Encapsulant, Lubricant, Occlusive

Dosage Form: Capsules, Suppositories, Tablets

Ingredient Origin: Natural Origin, Non-Animal Origin, Plant Origin

Synonyms: Hardened vegetable oils, Hydrogenated mixed vegetable oils, Hydrogenated plant oils, Hydrogenated shortening, Hydrogenated vegetable fats, Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Hydrogenated vegetable shortening, Vegetable shortening

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Identification & Functionality

Cosmetic Ingredients Functions
EC No.

Features & Benefits

Applications & Uses

Manufacturing Technology
  • Lubricant
  • Sustained Release
  • Binder
  • Encapsulation
  • Processing Aid


Physical Form
Pale yellow oily liquid, Almost fine white powder
Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Color (Red)max. 4.0Lovibond
Melting Pointapprox. 63°C
Nutritional Information (per 100 gm)
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Added Sugars†0g
Calories / Energy900Calories
Calories from Fat900Calories
Dietary Fiber**0g
Insoluble Fiber0g
Monounsaturated Fat0.5g
Other Carbohydrate‡0g
Polyunsaturated Fat0.5g
Saturated Fat98g
Soluble Fiber0g
Sugar Alcohols0g
Total Fat100g
Total Sugars (sum of all mono- and disaccharides)0g
Trans Fat1g
Vitamin A0μg RAE
Vitamin C0mg
Vitamin D0μg
Vitamin E (as alpha-tocopherols)0mg
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Acid Valuemax. 4.0mg KOH/g1NF/2BP
Identification Tests⁴PassBP
Iodine Valuemax. 5.0cg I2/gNF/BP
Loss on Dryingmax. 0.1%NF/BP
Melting Point57 - 70°CNF/BP
Saponification Value175 - 200mg KOH/gNF/BP
Unsaponifiable Matter³max. 0.8%NF/BP
Sieve Test
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Particle Size (through 100 mesh)min. 95%
Particle Size (through 40 mesh)min. 99%

1USP/NF: United States Pharmacopeia/National Formulary

2BP: British Pharmacopeia

3Compliance based on periodic testing

4Compliance to Identification test is certified based on controls in place that assures the identity of the excipient

* The nutritional information is calculated based on typical composition of the product and the data for individual products may vary from the information. Calculations based on 4, 4, and 9 calories per gram for protein, carbohydrate, and fat, respectively. This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not a specification.

** Dietary Fiber defined as non-digestible carbohydrates (≥ 3 monomeric units) and lignin that are intrinsic and intact in plants, or added (isolated or synthetic) non-digestible carbohydrates (≥ 3 monomeric units) that have been determined by FDA to have a physiological benefit.

† Added Sugars defined as any “sugar” added during the processing of foods including sugars, sugar syrups, naturally occurring sugars isolated from a whole food and concentrated so that sugar is the primary component (e.g. fruit juice concentrates), or other caloric sweeteners.

‡ Other Carbohydrate: *Note: Certain food additive constituents are not reasonably classified as standard nutritional components. In order to distinguish these constituents from the substances commonly understand to be dietary carbohydrates, they are listed in the “Other Carbohydrate” category.

Regulatory & Compliance

  • USP/NF, United States Pharmacopeia / National Formulary, monograph for Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Type 1.
  • Meets specified tests outlined by the BP, British Pharmacopeia, monograph for Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil.
  • FDA CFR Title 21, § 101.4 (14) Food; designation of ingredients.

Safety & Health

Product Stewardship

ABITEC’s product stewardship rests with all individuals involved with the products, from the initial concept and research, to manufacture, testing, use, sale, storage, distribution and disposition of each product. Each individual takes the appropriate steps to protect employee health, public health and the environment.

Packaging & Availability

Country Availability
Packaging Type
Regional Availability
  • Europe
  • North America
Standard Packaging

50 lb (22.7 kg) carton

Storage & Handling

Shelf Life
12 months
Recommended Storage and Handling
  • Retest/requalify 12 months from date of manufacture.
  • Typical storage for vegetable oils, (E.g. tightly closed, in a dry location, below ≈70°F).