A substance which is prepared from various species of red algae which grows in Asiatic waters. It is a seagrass resembling gelatine and varies in color from white to light amber, which may fade due to prolonged storage.
Used in the manufacture of paper and textiles; in blancmange powders; as a dressing for silk and cotton fabrics, and as a medium for culturing bacteria and various fungi.
Although it resembles gelatine, unlike that commodity is not liable to putrofication.
Will dissolve in contact with water and will deteriorate rapidly due to moisture, in the process of which it will change to yellow or pink color. Water damage renders the product useless for food purposes arid as a cultural media.
Contamination by foreign matter will result in depreciation in value.
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