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Recap of the NOSB Spring 2016 Meeting

On April 27, 2016 the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ended its spring meeting which included public comments regarding a ‘sunset review’ of items or additives listed as approved for use in U.S. organic foods. Those items up for review included carrageenan. As you know, carrageenan is a non-synthetic stabilizer with a long history of […]

Cornucopia Institute ‘Report’ Touts Flawed Science

The trade/lobbying group Cornucopia Institute has issued a ‘report’ that alleges a ‘smoking gun’ in carrageenan data published more than 10 years ago on an industry-supported website. The Cornucopia report was issued just as the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is conducting ‘sunset reviews’ of additives that may or may not be included in U.S. […]

Whatever Happened to Sound Food Science?

“While we always strive for better science related to food safety, it is increasingly important that we also strive for better, more forceful, communication strategies.” If you want to see what the convergence of social media, government, questionable studies and a polarized society can do to torpedo food science and relevant research, you need look […]

The Inherent Pitfalls In An NOSB 'Essentiality' Review

Every five years, the USDA’s National Organics Standards Board (NOSB) reviews a long list of ingredients used in organic foods to determine their safety, sustainability, and essentiality. This includes both fully organic ingredients and those that are not organic but approved for use in organic foods. The ingredient carrageenan, a food stabilizer that is […]

Letters To The Editor: An additive that has been proved safe - Food Science Matters

The Washington Post – August 22, 2014 Regarding the Aug. 18 front-page article “Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes”: The Post was correct to say that carrageenan is a popular food additive because it helps meet consumer demands for high-quality low-fat and vegan foods by providing important functional benefits including stabilization […]

Why You Should Care About Carrageenan

IFIC Food Insight – August 27, 2014 The food fear-mongers are at it again, and carrageenan is the latest ingredient in their sights. Despite their lack of any scientific degrees or credentials, some bloggers have managed to mobilize an entire “army” of readers to help eliminate another ingredient from the food supply. This time […]

Seaweed is healthy, delicious, and legal in all 50 states

Grist – September 17, 2014 “Meh” about seaweed? Not for long. Seaweed, on the rare occasions I came across it in my Midwestern upbringing, seemed like a pretty simple deal: beach-borne mass of green goo-ribbons that you don’t really want to step on. Other than a few seaside experiences, I didn’t really think about […]

8 Great Scientific Solutions to Feeding the World

News Wise – October 14, 2014 In honor of World Food Day on October 16, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is highlighting eight solutions for feeding the world from its FutureFood 2050 website. They include articles featuring Kofi Annan, M.S. Swaminathan, Sylvia Earle and more. Feel free to re-publish or share these links […]

FAO/WHO Committee: Carrageenan ‘Not of Concern’ in Infant Formula – Food Safety News

Food Safety News shares JECFA news At its meeting last week in Geneva, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) concluded that the use of carrageenan in infant formula, or formula for special medical purposes, at concentrations up to 1,000 milligrams per liter is “not of concern.” Seaweed industry organization Marinalg International […]

Carrageenan in Infant Formula: Safe and Necessary

For hundreds of years, carrageenan has been used in kitchens all over the world for its ability to make foods more appealing through enhancing textural and structural properties, ultimately making our food and drink recipes not just better tasting, but better for us. Carrageenan has many added benefits – maintaining the product consistency in recipes […]

Carrageenan deemed safe as ingredient in almond milk

Sneak Peek: Dr. Oz Clears Up the Confusion About Almond Milk – The Dr. Oz Show, 10/15/15 Dr. Oz and his staff discuss the confusing headlines about what’s actually in almond milk. Read more from the source: doctoroz.com

How Carrageenan Makes Some of Your Favorite Foods Even Better – Serious Eats

Carrageenan: an ingredient that helps many foods achieve a better mouthfeel and consistency Some of our favorite foods need a little extra help to taste as delicious as they do. Take almond milk, for example. If you think that it becomes smooth and creamy through grinding and magic alone, think again. In order for […]

Why is Carrageenan Important? – EcoWatch

Learn about the importance of carrageenan With more than 7 billion people to feed in the world, it is more important than ever that we have a reliable, safe global food supply. Carrageenan is a food ingredient that helps to contribute to foods and beverages that are nutritious and affordable for consumers, can travel […]

Previous Research on Food Additives Deemed “Faulty” – Food Safety Magazine, 1/25/16

Announcement on food additive research Last week, FMC Corporation announced that an analysis that was published inFood and Chemical Toxicology–a respected peer-reviewed journal–has found significant flaws in food additive research, specifically related to the food ingredient carrageenan. Carrageenan is a soluble fiber derived from red seaweed and a food ingredient that has been used […]

In defense of ingredients – Food Business News, 3/8/16

Science, safety, seaweed and how to deal with misinformation. Company executives may feel a scientific study gives a misleading view of their food product. Researchers may feel the study contains information about an ingredient that needs a further explanation or even a correction. A response may seem necessary, but consider the investment. “It takes […]

Food Science Matters Alerts Food Editors to Carefully Review Carrageenan Science, 4/14/16

Work of lone researcher cannot be replicated under Good Laboratory Practices Image: PR Newswire The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is currently conducting a review of nonorganic substances that are allowed as ingredients for use in U.S. organic foods. One of those substances under review is carrageenan, often identified as Irish Moss. Food Science Matters […]

Food Science Matters Alerts Food Editors to Cornucopia Report Touting Flawed Science, 4/26/16

Food Science Matters Issues Response to Cornucopia Institute Image: PR Newswire The Cornucopia Institute, a trade organization representing small organic farming operations, has issued a ‘report’ critical of the stabilizing ingredient carrageenan, derived from red seaweed. This is the organization’s latest lobbying effort employed during the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) hearings on the suitability […]

New study proves no adverse effects of carrageenan

Food Science Matters expert Dr. Jim McKim releases new study New study proves no adverse effects of carrageenan in human cells WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — A new study on carrageenan, an ingredient key to delivering stability, texture and nutrients in many foods and beverages, clearly demonstrates that the ingredient does not induce inflammation […]