Following the April 2018 publication of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food’s (ANSES) Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of carrageenan (CGN; E 407) and processed Eucheuma seaweed (PES; E 407a) as food additives, EFSA issued a call for technical and toxicological data on CGN in October 2018 to address ANSES Panel conclusions and fill research gaps. The European Commission issued a similar call for data on PES in the same month.
Both calls requested business operators interested in providing data to inform the agencies by November 2018 of their intent. While CGN and PES are highly functional additives used in a variety of food and beverage applications worldwide, and thus of great importance to the European market, Marinalg International was the only business operator that agreed to provide the requested data.
As the global organization supporting the interests of the seaweed-derived hydrocolloids industry, including farmers, hydrocolloid suppliers and product manufacturers, Marinalg is uniquely positioned to lead the data response and ensure CGN and PES remain authorised as food additives in Europe. Marinalg looks forward to completing its data submissions and helping to expand the global markets for these important additives.