Furcelleran is extracted from the red seaweed and processed as a gum to be used in foods that required thickening and stabilizing. The red seaweed is grown in northern European waters.
Information in A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives states that furcelleran is "on an FDA list of additives to be studied for mutagenic, teratogenic, subacute, and reproductive effects since 1980." However, there is no information about any actual studies being conducted.
Ice cream, jam, desserts, diabetic products, toothpaste, candies, dressing, jelly frostring, cheese, powdered laxatives, pudding.
Possible Health Effects
Individuals could be allergic to the red seaweed that the gum is extracted from.
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