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Cassia gum is currently (mid-2009) being used mainly in pet food applications. In the EU, cassia tora gum is approved as E-427. It is approved in Japan, China and Australasia. In Russia (and perhaps other Eastern Bloc countries), cassia may be used upon special permission (registration) with the authorities by the end-user.
Approval has already been obtained in France, Belgium and Austria for human food applications. Full EU approval is expected by the end of 2009.
In June 2008, specialty firm Lubrizol Advanced Material filed a petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposing that food regulations be amended to provide for the use of cassia gum as a stabilizer in frozen dairy desserts. Approval in the US is still pending, with no clear indication of when it may be obtained.
Cassia tora is not approved for human food, only for pet food. A chemically-modified grade is used in personal care products.
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