Gellan Gum Description

Gellan is a high molecular weight polysaccharide produced by the micro-organism Pseudomonas elodea. This organism was found during an extensive screening programme seeking naturally occurring hydrocolloids with useful properties. Gellan gum is a multi-functional gelling agent that can produce a wide variety of interesting textures. It is extremely effective at low use levels and is available in two forms. High acyl gellan gum forms soft, elastic gels. Low acyl gellan gum forms firm, brittle gels.

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Regulatory Status

Extensive investigations with respect to toxicology and safety have shown that gellan gum is a safe food additive. It was cleared by the FDA (the US Food and Drug Administration) in 1969 and registered in the Code of federal Regulations.

Gellan gum is approved as a food additive in the European Community under the number E 418, with ADI (acceptable daily intake) “not specified” confirming its status as a safe food additive. The gellan gum food grade produced by Biopolymer members fully meets the standards and the purity criteria issued in different regions of the world or internationally, such as the Food Chemicals Codex and JECFA, the US Pharmacopoeia/National Formulary, and the European Directives.


Due to the extraordinary properties as stabiliser and thickener gellan gum is used in the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and also in various industrial applications.



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