Pectin Side Effects
Foodchem International Corporation
Pectin, CAS# 9000-69-5, is a structural heteropolysaccharide manufactured through extraction from citrus fruits, available as Free flowing pale brown powder; Slight, free from off-flavors; Slight, free from off-note. Pectin is widely used as emulsifiers. It is widely accepted as safe food additive in many countries with E number E440.
Is there some safety and/or health risk about Pectin that consumers need to know? Let's check out some basic facts about this ingredient.
GRAS Exemptions: Yes
Generally recognized as safe(GRAS) is a FDA designation that a specific substance or ingredient is generally considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Pectin is perfectly safe for using as food additives.
As Pectin is widely known as safe, there is no limit on dosage of intake. However, we still recommend consumers to consult professionals before using large quantity of Pectin for long period.
Special Groups Precaution
Special groups refer to newborns, children, pregnant and any other applicable vulnerable groups.
There is no evidence that Pectin could have any negative effects on these vulnerable groups. It should be safe to use Pectin in food for newborns and pregnant. However, we still recommend consumers to consult professionals before using large quantity of Pectin for long period in food for newborns or pregnant.