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E 234 | Preservative
Possible application of gene technology Labelling
Producible with the help of GM microorganisms no



Nisin is the collective term for various proteins with an antibiotic effect. They inhibit lactic acid bacteria, as well as undesired or pathogenic bacteria.


Nisin has been approved as a preservative only for certain foodstuffs, such as:

Nisin has only been allowed in Germany since the EU harmonisation.

Gene technology

Nisin is prepared biotechnologically with the help of lactic acid bacteria (Streptococcus lactis).

  • The utilisation of genetically modified microorganisms is possible. Whether and to what extent this is commercially applied cannot be checked in detail.

Labelling: supplements that are prepared in closed systems with the help of genetically modified microorganisms do not have to be labelled as such, providing that the specific component is purified and does not contain any microorganisms.

It is also not necessary to label the supplement if the microorganisms employed were supplied with substrates obtained from genetically modified plants.


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