Gelatin has always been and remains a healthy and safe food product for human consumption.

Gelatin Safety

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.

Gelatin continues to maintain its “Generally Recognised as Safe” status within the USA.

Gelatin raw material regulations and the gelatin production process guarantee maximum safety for gelatin consumers.

The members of the GMAP members individually attest that the gelatin manufactured and sold by those members is safe for use in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.

Animal diseases and gelatin


Over recent years, both national and international authorities have introduced legislation to enhance the safety of gelatin for human consumption. In most instances, these regulations exclude cattle parts that may not be used as a gelatin raw material.

Under such legislation, all cattle parts approved for gelatin manufacture can only be derived from cattle the meat of which has been approved for human consumption.

The World Health Organisation has stated that, like milk and meat, bones cattle hide and pigskin do not contain BSE (mad cow disease) or TSE.

Outbreaks of Foot & Mouth Disease, or FMD, occasionally occur in cattle and pigs.Humans are at no risk from FMD, as the virus cannot be transferred to humans.There has never been any scientific evidence linking FMD with gelatin. Humans cannot get FMD from eating food. FMD presents no threat to food safety.

Worldwide, authorities have continually attested to the safety of gelatin. It continues to maintain its ‘Generally Recognised as Safe’ status within the US. In the Asia Pacific area, gelatin is manufactured from bones, cattle hide and pigskin.

The GMAP members individually attest the gelatin the member manufactures and sells is safe for use in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.

For further information, please contact any of the organisations listed under GMAP Members and Other Gelatin Associations.