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GMA on National Organic Standards Board Decision to Disallow Use of Carrageenan in Organic Products

GMA Press Contact

Brian Kennedy

office: 202-639-5994

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement by Leon Bruner, Chief Science Officer, on the National Organic Standards Board decision to disallow the use of carrageenan in organic products.

“Carrageenan should remain on the National Organic Standards Board list of approved food additives because it has been proven safe for consumption and there is not an adequate alternative replacement that provides the same functions. Regulatory agencies and research organizations around the world have consistently determined carrageenan is a safe and highly functional food additive.”


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