Agent Name

Gellan gum

CAS Number

71010-52-1

Formula

Unspecified

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Gum gellan; [ChemIDplus] Natural gellan gum; High acyl gellan gum; Polysaccharide S-60; PS-60; [Merck Index] PhytageL; Agar substitute gelling agent; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Category

Plant Oils and Extracts

Description

Forms thermoreversible gels; [Merck Index] Off-white powder; [JECFA] Hygroscopic powder; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

"Linear, anionic heteropolysaccharide secreted by Pseudomonas elodea; used as substitute for agar." [ChemIDplus] Used as a gelling, texturizing, stabilizing, film forming and suspending agent in foods, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products; Also used for microbiological media and plant tissue culture; [Merck Index] Used as a stabilizer or thickener for foods; [FDA] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA]

Comments

"The potential laxative effect at high intakes should be taken into account when used as a food additive." [JECFA] Not considered hazardous by GHS classification; Not a skin or eye irritant in rabbits; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Exposure Assessment
Lethal Concentration

LC50 (rat) > 5,090 mg/m3/4hr

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