14 Feb

Marinalg Upholds Safety of Carrageenan

Long and safe history of use Carrageenan is a unique and highly versatile food ingredient with a long history of safe use and broad global regulatory approvals for its use in foods and beverages. Carrageenan, which is derived from red seaweed, has been consumed for centuries and used in foods for over 600 years. Carrageenan

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26 Jan

Brief History of Regulatory & Scientific Determinations on Carrageenan

Brief History of Regulatory & Scientific Determinations on Carrageenan The safety of carrageenan has been upheld by scientific organizations and regulatory authorities worldwide. Below is a historical listing of carrageenan’s safety and approval determinations. 1961: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved carrageenan as a safe, direct food additive for human consumption, specifying that

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29 Oct

Marinalg Position on the Exclusion of Seaweed-Derived Hydrocolloids from REACH Registration

The European Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation, commonly referred to as REACH (Regulation 1907/2006/EC), places an obligation on European manufacturers and importers to register their products in order to continue production in or import into the European market. REACH registration does not apply to substances intended for use in food or feed

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27 Apr

Marinalg Responds to EFSA Opinion on Carrageenan & PES

EFSA Re-Affirms Safety of Carrageenan & PES in Food Recommends More Information Needed to Address Gaps and Confirm Temporary ADI April 27, 2018 – Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its final opinion on the re-evaluation of carrageenan and processed Eucheuma seaweed (PES, also known as semi-refined carrageenan). While the opinion, which was

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09 Apr

Marinalg Applauds USDA’s Decision to Keep Carrageenan in Organic Foods

Marinalg International, a global association representing manufacturers of seaweed-derived hydrocolloids, applauds the decision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to keep carrageenan on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, thereby maintaining the integrity of the U.S. organic program and confirming carrageenan is essential to organic food production. USDA’s announcement concludes a nearly

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29 Nov

Marinalg Responds to NOSB Decision to Remove Carrageenan from the National List

On November 17, 2016, the U.S. National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted to remove carrageenan from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, a misguided and unscientific decision which will force many organic food producers to reformulate their products. Reformulation will impact the quality of many organic products that contain carrageenan and may reduce

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06 Sep

Food Navigator Covers Pivotal Research on Carrageenan Safety

On August 25, the Food Navigator USA published a story, “New Research Tackles Carrageenan Safety Concerns”, which describes the recent in vitro research on carrageenan conducted by Dr. James McKim. A copy of the article is available here. As noted in the article, Dr. McKim’s work represents repeated attempts to replicate research conducted by Dr.

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11 Aug

New study proves no adverse effects of carrageenan in human cells

On August 10, 2016, the International Food Additives Council (IFAC) issued a press release announcing publication of a significant new study adding to the overwhelming weight of evidence that carrageenan is a safe food ingredient. The in vitro study was specifically designed to investigate allegations by other researchers that carrageenan causes inflammation and related health

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18 Jul

FoodDive Article Debunks Carrageenan Criticism

On July 14, the food news website FoodDive published an article, “Fear Mongering Continues with Carrageenan”, which was authored and placed by Food Science Matters. The article provides a strong defense of carrageenan while refuting the claims of the Cornucopia Institute and Dr. Joanne Tobacman ahead of the NOSB upcoming decision on relisting carrageenan in

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