Almond Breeze contains food grade carrageenan as a thickening, emulsifying and stabilising agent. Carrageenan is a natural occurring carbohydrate extracted from red seaweed. There are two types of carrageenan, food grade and a chemically degraded form of carrageenan also known as poligeenan.
Food grade carrageenan is carefully processed to avoid degradation and has been widely used in worldwide food production since the 1930s. Its safety has been assured by, among others, the US FDA (gras status) and the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food.
Chemically degraded carrageenan is not permitted in foods and is not used in Almond Breeze.