Natamycin (Pimaricin) is an antimyotic food additive used to
protect cheese from mould and yeast growth.
The use of natamycin on cheese allows manufacturers to produce
cheese that is acceptable to the aesthetic demands of consumers
by eliminating the growth of mould and yeasts that occur during
aging and storage.Other benefits include reducing the risk of
mycotoxin growth and a longer shelf life.
It is also sometimes used medically to treat candidiasis. May
cause nausea, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhoea and skin irritation.
Typically found in the rinds of cheeses, and some meat products.