Is bagasse safe?

Jan 28, 2024

Bagasse is a fibrous byproduct of sugarcane processing that has gained attention as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic and paper products. However, there are concerns about its safety and suitability for various applications. In this post, we'll explore the safety of bagasse and its potential uses.

What is Bagasse?

Bagasse is the dry pulpy residue that remains after sugarcane has been crushed to extract its juice. It is a renewable resource that is biodegradable and compostable, making it an attractive option for environmentally conscious consumers and businesses.

Is Bagasse Safe for Food Contact?

One of the primary uses of bagasse is in the production of food packaging and tableware, such as plates, bowls, and takeout containers. These products are often marketed as "green" or "compostable," but there have been concerns about the potential transfer of harmful chemicals from bagasse to food.

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Chemical Composition and Safety

AMS•COMPOSTABLE sugarcane bagasse products are all FDA approved. The chemicals composition of bagasse, mainly cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, poses no health risk. These eco-friendly products are considered safe for food contact.

Environmental Impact

One of the key benefits of using bagasse products is their minimal environmental impact. Unlike traditional plastic and foam products, bagasse is biodegradable and can be composted, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

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Alternative Uses for Bagasse

Aside from food packaging, bagasse can also be used to make paper products, biofuels, and even building materials. Its versatility and eco-friendly nature make it an attractive option for a wide range of applications.

Regulatory Standards

In many countries, including the United States and European Union, there are regulatory standards in place to ensure the safety of food contact materials, including those made from bagasse. These standards help to ensure that AMS•COMPOSTABLE products meet specific safety and quality requirements.


While there are concerns about the safety of bagasse, particularly in relation to food contact products, it is absolutely safe to say that all AMS•COMPOSTABLE bagasse products are certified products that meet ASTM D6400 or D6868 and FDA testing standards.

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