TIC anticipates modified acacia gum approval in 2011

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Following a positive safety opinion from EFSA last month, US hydrocolloids company TIC Gums is expecting its gum acacia modified with n-octenyl succinic anhydride (OSA) to received European clearance in 2011.

The ingredient, which is sold under the brand name TICAmulsion A-2010 Powder, is to be marketed as an emulsifier for a wide range of baked goods, breakfast cereals and snacks to meat, fish and egg products. It was originally launched in 2004 with self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status in the US, and has since received a no objection letter from the FDA, as well as approval in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Egypt, New Zealand, Paraguay and Uruguay.

“The second phase of EU approval process will be reviewed by the Council and Parliament with final approval anticipated in 2011,”​ said Ian Sklar, director of quality & regulatory affairs, commenting that the first approval phase is the most technically challenging part of the approval process and its successful completion is “very good news.”

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