Natamycin, sometimes called pimaricin or pimaricina, is a food
additive used as a food preservative. It is all-natural and not
harmful to either the consumer or the environment. As a
preservative, it is used to prevent mold and yeast on a number
of foods, including cheese, yogurt, bread, meat, juice, and
What makes natamycin stand out is its ability to preserve without damaging the taste or texture of the food. It only takes a small amount of the additive to increase a foods shelf life. Also, pimaricin is non-toxic, which means there are no health risks associated with it when used in the low amounts needed in food manufacturing. Food stays free of mold, yeast and fungus, products are shipped further to a wider market, and consumers stay happy with the end products.
This natural material should be considered over other types of preservatives because so little is needed and is more effective as an antifungal product. It is cheaper to use, keeping costs down.
In medicine, pimaricina is used to treat fungal infections, usually in eyes or the skin. Natamycin can kill the fungus without a lot of the medication being absorbed by the patient. It won’t harm the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. It is an all-around, safe, and effective way of fighting harmful mold and yeast.