Nexira continues scientific studies to add acacia gum as a dietary fiber in the new US Nutrition Facts Labeling regulation that came into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Until Jan. 1, 2020 acacia was recognized as a fiber under 21 CFR 172.780 and 21 CFR 184.13301
On Jan. 31, 2020, after a review of scientific research made available in a citizen petition initiated by Nexira and submitted in 2019, the FDA considered that the body of evidence brought by acacia gum manufacturers is not yet sufficient and seeks further evidence to support the dietary fiber status of acacia gum.
Nexira had anticipated this decision by launching in 2019, a new clinical study to strengthen the body of evidence supporting the beneficial physiological effects of acacia fiber. In consequence, Nexira will continue to collaborate with the FDA and with the acacia gum industry, in order to bring new data in 2020.
Acacia gum can of course continue to be used as an approved GRAS food additive, and should be included in the declaration of total carbohydrate with a caloric value of 1.7 kcal/g2.
“We are confident in the future of our branded acacia fiber Fibregum™ and hope that the new results will help the FDA to add acacia gum in the positive list of approved dietary fibers,” said Nexira.
1 Following a Food Additive Petition submitted by Nexira in 2011 and approved by FDA in 2013
2 FDA No Objection Letter granted to Nexira in 2008
Founded in 1895, Nexira is a family owned company which built its reputation as the world leader in acacia gum. Today Nexira is a global leader in natural ingredients and botanical extracts for food, nutrition, and dietary supplements. Our ingredients are perfectly suitable for the formulation of clean label products.
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