Locust Bean Gum, CAS# 9000-40-2, is a galactomannan vegetable gum manufactured through extraction from the seeds of the carob tree, available as White to yellow-white, nearly odorless powder. Locust Bean Gum is widely used as food thickening agent. It is widely accepted as safe food additive in many countries with E number E410.
No side effects about locust bean gum reported. Inhalation of locust bean gum powder can cause respiratory problem.
As Locust Bean Gum is widely known as safe, there is no limit on dosage of intake. However, we still recommend consumers to consult professionals before using large quantity of Locust Bean Gum for long period.
Special groups refer to newborns, children, pregnant and any other applicable vulnerable groups.
There is no evidence that Locust Bean Gum could have any negative effects on these vulnerable groups. It should be safe to use Locust Bean Gum in food for newborns and pregnant. However, we still recommend consumers to consult professionals before using large quantity of Locust Bean Gum for long period in food for newborns or pregnant.
Generally recognized as safe(GRAS) is a FDA designation that a specific substance or ingredient is generally considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Locust Bean Gum is considered safe by FDA according to existing data and granted GRAS status.
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2. Determination of locust bean gum and guar gum by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. [J AOAC Int. 2001 Jan-Feb]
Author: Meyer K, Rosa C, Hischenhuber C, Meyer R.
3. Investigation on rectal absorption of indomethacin from sustained-release hydrogel suppositories prepared with water-soluble dietary fibers, xanthan gum and locust bean gum. [Biol Pharm Bull. 1993 Apr]
Author: Watanabe K, Yakou S, Takayama K, Machida Y, Isowa K, Nagai T.