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 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.
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...