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What is CARRAGEENAN?


Carrageenan is a linear sulfated polysaccharide obtained from red seaweeds.

Has the unique ability to form a wide range of gel texture at room temperature, firm or elastic, with high or low melting point.
Gelation requires no refrigeration and the gels can be made stable throughout repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
Thickens, suspends and stabilizes particulates as well as colloidal dispersions and water/oil emulsion.
Solutions shear thin (providing ease of pumping), but viscosity and suspending ability is quickly restored on standing.

Regulatory Status of Philippine Natural Grade Carrageenan (PNG):

On July 8, 1991, the USFDA has confirmed that PNG carrageenan complies with 21 CFR No. 172.620 and is therefore acceptable for use as food additive for human consumption in the United States.

In 1994, JECFA (Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives) and CCFAC (Coded Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants) in Rome, after conducting respective toxicological assessment cleared PNG as food additive. Consequently, Codex Alimentarius has assigned INS 407a to the product.

   

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