Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Indian Guar Gum, Chinese Bleached Flour, Found Contaminated

Speaking of the need for increased inspections...

Guar gum from India was found to be contaminated with high levels of the dioxin pentachlorophenol (PCP). India produces 80-90% of the world's guar gum, a thickening agent used in processed foods.
FoodQualityNews, April 14

Bleached flour from China was found to be contaminated with lime, an inedible substance linked to lung problems. Pulverized lime was used as an unapproved bleaching agent.
FoodQualityNews, April 9

Some people want to reduce, not increase inspections. I'm not one of them.

1 comment:

Autumn Hoverter, MS, RD said...

Great, now I need to check the guar gum I use for GF baking!