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Cassia Gum - Stabilizer, Thickening and Gelling Agent
Cassia gum is approved for use in Europe by the Commission Directive (EEC No. E 499) and is listed in the Annex of the Council Directive (70/524/EEC) as a stabilizer, thickening and gelling agent. It is mainly used in the manufacture of canned pet foods, food for cats and dogs. Cassia gum was approved by Japan and according to the announcement No. 160 on 10th August 1995 it is listed as a listed as a food additive. Cassia gum has been studied by a panel of experts in the areas of toxicology, pharmacology and food science in the United States and was reviewed that the cassia gum is safe to use as a thickening agent in human and pet foods. The available data on cassia gum demonstrate a lack of toxic effects in animals. This review is the basis for the consideration of cassia gum as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) under conditions of its intended use as a thickening agent in human and pet foods.