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FDA Approves Expanded Use of Gum Arabic in Foods

Friday, December 06, 2013
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The Food and Drug Administration has issued a final rule that, effective Dec. 6, amends its food additive regulations to provide for the expanded safe use of acacia (gum arabic) in foods. Specifically, the FDA has approved the use of acacia as (a) a source of dietary fiber in certain food categories and (b) a source of dietary fiber as well as an emulsifier and emulsifier salt, flavoring agent and adjuvant, formulation aid, processing aid, stabilizer and thickener, surface-finishing agent and texturizer in four additional food categories (breakfast cereals, certain baked products (cakes, brownies, pastries, biscuits, muffins and cookies), grain-based bars, and soups).

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