At 11:59 p.m. on June 3 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Programâ€™s docket closed, and they ceased taking comments regarding a proposed rule to renew the listing of carrageenan without restriction as an allowed non-synthetic ingredient in U.S. organic foods.
While this process is part of a normal five-year review for all ingredients in U.S. organic food, carrageenan has been the subject of considerable misinformation distributed to the media by a trade group. This group represents the financial interests of some organic farmers who would like to limit organic food production to select types of producers.
To see Marinalgâ€™s comments submitted to the USDA National Organic Program, please click the link below. You will find others in the business and scientific community voicing similar support for the continued use of carrageenan. The docket also contains a number of comments that consist of mostly pre-programmed language lacking both substance and an understanding of the regulatory process.
Click here to reference the comments on the Federal Register.
Carrageenan has been consumed in red seaweed form for hundreds of years and has been used successfully as a stabilizer in foods for decades without any indication of adverse health affects.CLICK HERE