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