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Natamycin And Cheese

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by dbh25, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. dbh25

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    Is anyone familiar with natamycin? I bought some Parmesan cheese and just noticed it on the ingredient list.
     
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    "Natamycin is used to treat fungal infections, including Candida, Aspergillus, Cephalosporium, Fusarium, and Penicillium."

    "In humans, a dose of 500 mg/kg/day repeated over multiple days caused nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.[7]

    No evidence shows natamycin, at either pharmacological levels or levels encountered as a food additive, can harm normal intestinal flora, but definitive research may not be available.[7] However, some people are veryallergic to natamycin. [8]"

    Natamycin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  3. Travis

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    I eat good cheese, but my family buys crap cheese.

    I can tell that there is a difference between raw cheddar and pasteurized cheddar with natamycin. I would avoid it. You should buy a Parmesan wedge and microplane™ shredder!

    There are brands that sell raw Parmesan since it is invariably aged over 60 days, the legal requirement for raw cheese.
     
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    @DaveFoster, Thanks for the info. @Travis, Yes I usually buy a brand from Italy, the one with natamycin (is cheaper) and made in the US. Do you find raw parmesan at a typical grocery store, or an organic grocer like Whole Foods?
     
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