Cassia gum

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Not to be confused with Acacia gum.

Cassia gum is a food additive made from the endosperm of Senna obtusifolia (also called Cassia obtusifolia or Cassia tora). It is used as a thickener and gelling agent, and has E-number E427 or E499 in pet foods. [1]

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.

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.[citation needed] In 2009 Cassia received full EU approval for human food applications.

A chemically-modified grade is used in personal care products.