Is Carrageenan Safe?

Proven safe on an international scale for use even in infant formula.Regulatory and scientific bodies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European UnionHealth Canada, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and The Joint Food & Agricultural Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), an independent and highly-esteemed international body reviewing food additives, say yes, carrageenan is safe.

The regulatory and scientific bodies listed above allow the use of carrageenan in foods because the overwhelming weight of the scientific evidence shows that it is safe. For example, carrageenan has even been found to be safe on an international scale for use in infant formula.

After an exhaustive review of the body of science on carrageenan in July 2014, JECFA concluded that carrageenan “is not of concern,” (in other words, safe) for use in infant formula including formula for infants with special medical conditions.

Carrageenan is an important component in ready-to-feed infant formula as it ensures vital nutrients remain mixed throughout the product and available to infants.