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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 safe use of cassia gum as a stabilizer in frozen dairy desserts.
Cassia gum is currently (mid-2009) being used mainly in pet food applications. There is, however, a strong push to obtain human food approval in the US and EU. Approval has already been obtained in France, Belgium and Austria for human food applications. Full EU approval is expected by the end of 2009. Approval in the US is still pending, with no clear indication of when it may be obtained.
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.
Cassia tora is NOT approved for human food but only for pet food. A chemically modified grade is used in personal care products. Food approval in the USA does not seem imminent as of early 2013.
There is a wide range in price for cassia tora depending on the grade used. Pet food grades can be as low as $2.00-3.00/kg and personal care grades as high as $10.00/kg or more
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