The Cornucopia report is fraught with bias against industry and regulatory
and fails to recognize credible science, or to even distinguish
between carrageenan and
an entirely different chemical compound.
All red seaweed has varying molecular weights. In Cornucopia's specific
report, it claims
that a 10-year-old review of testing to determine molecular
weights of food-grade
carrageenan identified the chemical poligeenan as present
in as much as 25 percent of the samples.
Cornucopia has confused poligeenan with carrageenan. Poligeenan is created at
high temperatures and extreme acidic conditions and is not used or present
The testing referred to by Cornucopia was done to identify low
carrageenan as a percentage of food-grade carrageenan.
There was one abnormal test that showed levels as high as 25 percent.
all the others showed levels between 0 percent and 4 percent. None of
molecular material, including material from the one abnormal test, was
Cornucopia's report goes on to allege global collusion or incompetence
business, regulatory authorities and independent review panels. The
issued currently with a lawsuit Cornucopia has filed against the USDA
management of the National Organics Program.
The report lauds research, particularly from one laboratory, that has been
routinely discredited by other science and found unconvincing by regulatory
The timing of Cornucopia's latest report does not allow much time for careful
review prior to the NOSB vote. A review of the Cornucopia report is available
Carrageenan is a derivative of the same red seaweed that has been used as a
or stabilizer in foods for centuries. The overwhelming scientific
the safety of carrageenan has existed for decades, including
a 2015 review by the
Joint FAO / WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives that
to be of 'no concern' even in infant formula.
Research and references are available within the review of the Cornucopia
We also suggest you visit the timeline
outlining an overview of the scientific studies on
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