Listing and annotation: Gums—water extracted only (Arabic; Guar; Locust bean; and Carob bean)

Use: As a nonorganically produced agricultural products allowed as an ingredient in or on processed products labeled as “organic" only when the product is not commercially available in organic form.

Common applications: True plant gums are the dried exudates from various plants obtained when the bark is cut or other injury is suffered. Gums are soluble in hot or cold water and sticky. Today the term gum, both for natural and synthetic sources, usually refers to resins. Gums are also used as emulsifier, stabilizers and suspending agents. No known toxicity.

Reference: 7 CFR 205.606

Date listed: 2002

Sunset Date: 6/27/2020 (original sunset 2022)