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Side Effects of Gellan gum

03/02/2016 admin

Gellan gum is a water-soluble anionic polysaccharide produced by the bacterium Sphingomonas elodea (formerly Pseudomonas elodea). It was initially identified as a substitute gelling agent at significantly lower use level to replace agar in solid culture media for the growth of various microorganisms. Its initial commercial product with the trademark as "GELRITE" gellan gum, was subsequently identified as a suitable agar substitute as gelling agent in various clinical bacteriological media.

 

General Side Effects

No significant side effects reported.

 

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Official Suggested Dosage

ADI: NOT SPECIFIED (Acceptable Daily Intake)

MTDI: None (Maximum Tolerable Daily Intake)

Data Source: JECFA Database of WHO

 

Gellan Gum is widely known as safe, there is no limit on dosage of intake. There is no proof showing that acquiring Gellan Gum will do any harm to special groups, including newborns, children, pregnant, and other applicable vulnerable groups. It should be safe to use Gellan Gum in food and beverages as a food additive without any side effects. However, we still recommend consumers to consult food ingredient experts before using large quantity of Gellan Gum for long period of time. There may be some side effects in large dosage.

 

GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) Substances

Yes. Gellan Gum is on FDA’s GRAS exemption list, it’s widely accepted and used as a safe food ingredient in many countries.

 

Sources and Related Researches:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gellan_gum

http://apps.who.int/food-additives-contaminants-jecfa-database/chemical.aspx?chemID=2056

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?cfrpart=172&showfr=1&subpartnode=21:3.0.1.1.3.7