In response to a petition from Nexira, supplier of Fibregum, the FDA amended the food additive regulations and will allow expanded use of acacia gum (gum arabic) in foods. Acacia gum can now be used in breakfast cereals, some baked products and soups that aren't subject to meat or poultry regulation. Manufacturers can also use up to 35% acacia gum in grain-based bars like breakfast or granola bars. Traditionally, acacia gum has mainly been used in confectionery and beverage products, but the ruling opens the ingredient's use to more food categories.
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