Acacia gum is 100% natural, non-GMO, organic, gluten-free and applicable in almost every area of the food industry. Why does it have a chequered past, and how can it obtain the clean-label credentials it wants?
Sudan, the world's biggest producer of gum arabic, has scrapped a government monopoly on the production and export of this naturally-sourced, 'Rolls-Royce' of gums widely used in food and drink formulations.
The presence of banned colouring methyl yellow in food spices in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany has led to a slate of recalls; although not affecting finished foods for now, the issue is reminiscent of the Sudan Red recalls of 2005.
The Sudanese ambassador to the US has threatened to withdraw the
supply of gum arabic, an emulsifier and stabiliser used by the food
industry, in response to a pledge to impose sanctions to help bring
an end to the bloodshed in Darfur.
Weeks and weeks after the UK's food agency issues official warning
about contaminated Worcester sauce, alarm bells ring as two
prepared foods containing the illegal ingredient, and previously
withdrawn from sale, turn up on the...
Brussels called an emergency meeting of scientific experts
yesterday as the paper trail on the illegal red chemical dye sudan
1 extends to member states; and the recall of food products in the
UK tops 450.
One single ingredient continues to create havoc in the UK's food
market as the country's food safety agency this week extends the
recall roll call for food products potentially contaminated by the
harmful red colour sudan...
Food makers are advised to analyse any stocks of chilli and curry
powder, bought in before the EU imposed the ban on sudan red food
colour, to minimise the risk of expensive recalls and harm to brand
reputation, writes Lindsey Partos.
Food manufacturers must continue to be on the alert for a red devil
as the list of products containing the potentially carcinogenic,
and illegal, red dye Sudan I is far from tailing off. Now the UK
Food Standards Agency is alerting...
A screening method to identify a series of banned food dyes has
been developed in the UK. The move comes in response to the
European Commission's attempts to prevent the importation of
products containing four chemicals known...
A cancer-causing red dye found in chilli powder or chilli products
has contaminated over 120 food products on the supermarket shelves
in the UK, a figure set to climb as the UK's food watchdog
continues to track the movements...
The National Soft Drink Association issued a statement regarding
gum arabic as some media reports have linked Osama bin Laden and
his financial interest to various organisations and industries
around the world.