Rhamnolipids are considered a natural and organic chemical because they are naturally occurring in the environment. Rhamnolipid is produced using certified organic materials and purified to the most stringent specifications.
For less stringent applications, typically requiring larger quantity of material but a lower purity, rhamnolipids can be produced using materials that are not considered organic, but will still produce a certifiable natural product. They can be produced in any concentration eliminating the natural by- products produced by P. aeruginosa if desired or required.
Rhamnolipids are considered non-carcinogenic, which is more properly stated as there is no evidence indicating rhamnolipids are carcinogenic from FDA, EPA, or EU Agency or other known testing or reports.
Rhamnolipids are composed of rhamnose sugar rings and fatty acids.
Rhamnose, although relatively rare in nature, is an FDA approved food additive and is used for flavors. The fatty acids are very common in plants and animals and are used in metabolism. Therefore rhamnolipids are considered benign in the environment.
No Genetic Modification (GM) or Genetic Engineering (GE)
Rhamnolipid, Inc. does NOT use or supply any such GM or GE organisms or material produced by GM or GE organisms.
There has been work transplanting the genes responsible for controlling the production of rhamnolipids in to other bacteria and plants. This is considered genetic modification (GM) or genetic engineering (GE). The use of the resultant organism or material produced by such an organism is banned or regulated by many government authorities such as the European Union.
Rhamnolipids are the “green” technology of the future.
As a natural “green”, non-carcinogenic product, rhamnolipids are just now beginning to be used to replace petroleum-based chemicals in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, detergents, pharmaceuticals, agricultural sprays, etc. as those currently used petrochemicals are being phased out or banned. See the additional pages for an overview of rhamnolipids, their discovery, history, properties, research, and applications.