Gelatine has always been a healthy and safe foodstuff. The European gelatine manufacturers have always stood for top gelatine quality - this can be seen in the careful selection of high-quality raw materials and in the multi-layered manufacturing process itself. In 1999 the EU Commission specified tighter European regulations for the manufacture, sale and purity of edible and pharmaceutical gelatine in response to the upcoming safety discussions at that time. The GME member companies had become active long before these tighter regulations, already implementing the EU criteria.
With regard to its safety gelatine is certainly the best-studied foodstuff. On the basis of international research results, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission for Health and Consumer Protection have confirmed that gelatine is safe.
Most gelatine in Europe is made of pigskin; other raw materials include bovine hide and bones. The raw materials for the manufacture of gelatine come from registered slaughterhouses in which all animals are examined by a veterinarian. The conventional practice of slaughter, control and approval procedure guarantees that the raw materials used for the gelatine only come from animals whose meat has been approved for human consumption.
The selection of the raw materials goes hand in hand with the statutory provisions. European legislation governs all stages of gelatine manufacture, starting with the selection of the raw materials right up to delivery. This means that all raw materials are subject to continuous, rigorous checks on safety and origin.
Pharmaceutical gelatine must comply with the stringent requirements of the official pharmacopoeia. Edible gelatine also meets these requirements and is subject to food safety legislation too.
The gelatine manufacturing industry is thus one of the best structured and best controlled industries in the whole of Europe.
In addition to the statutory guidelines on raw materials, the production process of gelatine has always been another fundamental safety criterion for the consumer. GME takes consumers’ reservations very seriously indeed.
In several studies conducted under the supervision und control of EU Authorities it was clearly demonstrated that the manufacturing process of gelatine or hydrolysed collagen has the unique capability to destroy any potential infection.