Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Are there adverse effects on the environment from the Gellan Gum’s manufacture, use, or disposal?

There is no information available from EPA or FDA to suggest that environmental contamination results from the manufacture, use, misuse, or disposal of gellan gum. Due to its low toxicity, EPA exempted gellan gum from the requirement for a tolerance limit when used as an inactive ingredient in pesticide formulations. According to the petitioner (CP Kelco, 2004), gellan gum readily biodegrades into its four naturally-occurring constituent sugars. Although isopropyl alcohol waste is generated when producing gellan gum, there is no information to indicate that this would cause environmental problems.

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