Natamycin(E235) is a natural anti-fungal product which is produced by a pure culture of Streptomyces spp. following a strictly controlled fermentation process.Natamycin (Pimaricin) is an antimyotic product which have broad and effective power. It is reliable in application and safe to human body.
Natamycin inhibits not only the growth of various moulds and yeasts, but also the production of their toxins. Natamycin has no effect on bacteria,so it does not prevent in the natural maturing process of food.It can greatly extend the shelf-life of cheese, baked food, meat and beverage products.
The solubility of Natamycin is very low in water and in most organic solvents. Only 50mg Natamycin can be dissolved in pure water at room temperature. The low solubility makes it very suitable for use on the surface of food. Natamycin will stay on surface of food, where most moulds and yeasts may grow, but does not influence the natural course of fermentation inside.
As a food additive, it has E number E235. Throughout the European Union, it is only approved as a surface preservative for certain cheese and dried sausage products.