Hydrolysed collagen has always been a healthy and safe ingredient. The European gelatine manufacturers have always stood for top hydrolysed collagen 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 hydrolysed collagen 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, hydrolysed collagen 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 hydrolysed collagen is safe.
Hydrolysed collagen in Europe is made of pigskin, bovine hide and fish skin. The raw materials for the manufacture of hydrolysed collagen come from registered slaughterhouses in which all animals are examined by a veterinarian, and fish farms. The conventional practice of slaughter, control and approval procedure guarantees that the raw materials used for the hydrolysed collagen 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 hydrolysed collagen manufacture, starting from 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.