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 says that the seaweed-derived additive used to stabilize infant formula “has significant positive impacts on the product, including ensuring vital nutrients remain stable and available to infants.”

Carrageenan has sometimes been linked to gastrointestinal problems, but JECFA reported that “These new studies allay the earlier concerns that carrageenan, which is unlikely to be absorbed, may have a direct effect on the immature gut.”

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