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Natamycin

Alternate Names

Pimaricin, Natacyn, Myprozine

Description

Made through a fermentation process of a specific bacteria (Streptomyces natalensis) which is found in soil in South Africa. It is used to fight fungal growth, molds and yeasts on the surface of cheese, dairy products, and meats.

Natamycin - Quick Stats
Names

Pimaricin, Natacyn, Myprozine

Allergy Information

Uses

Antimicrobial, Preservative

E-Number

E235

Additional Information

In the US, only approved for use on cheese. Used heavily in South Africa. Used topically for eye infections and other fungal infections. Because of natamycin's antibiotic properties there are concerns surrounding resistance building.



Found In

fruit juice, cheese, dairy products, meat, yogurt

Possible Health Effects

Moderately toxic. May cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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