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Carrageenan - Kappa Refined and Semi-Refined


Carrageenan (E-407) is a natural hydrocolloid extracted from red seaweed of the Rhodophyceae class. Carrageenan has been used for hundreds of years and has been found to be safe in the USA. It replaces gelatine and starch and it is very similar to Agar. This type of Carrageenan is standarised to constant gel strength in water, in order to obtain a uniform performance.


Gelling Agent in Petfood and Dairy products, conventional Jellies, Meat products, Salad Dressings, Tooth Paste and other products.

Typical Analysis

White to beige colour powder
12% (Max)
8 - 11 (1.0% at 20°C)
Loss of drying
Not more than 12%
Particle Size
98% gum below 250 microns
Reactivity with Potasic Chloride
1.530 - 2.070 break
As (ppm)
Pb (ppm)
Hg (ppm)
Cd (ppm)

Microbiological Analysis

E. Coli
Not detected in 5g
Not detected in 25 g
Total plate count
Max 5000 cfu/g
Mould and yeast
Max 300 cfu/g

More Info

In 25 kilos polylined paper bags.
Goods must be stored in a dry, odour free environment.
Shelf Life: 2 years from date of manufacturing if kept in optimum storage conditions and original packaging.
Other Health Hazards
It is advisable to wear face masks or to handle the powder in an airy room.