Safety Aspects in Cassia Gum as a Feed Additive in Dogs and Cats
Cassia gum is a food additive produced from endosperm of Senna obtusifolia is also known as cassia tora. It is widely demanded and used as food additives in pet food industry. Today, companies are considering cassia gum significantly in their products as food additives in pet food like food for dogs and cats.
It is used as a gelling agent like stabilizer or thickening agent. Cassia gum has varied applications like stabilization, emulsification, and for retaining moisture and more. Usage of cassia gum for cat and dog food includes wet/ canned food, semi- moist food, and dry food.
Brief of de- husking Cassia Tora Gum Seeds
Here, brief explanation is given on the splitting procedure of cassia tora gum seeds. These seeds are heated for some time as husk and germs are sensitive towards the heat and they become fragile, yet the split remains intact. Mechanical stress grind these husks and germs and are separated.
Manufacturers of Cassia Gum cleans the material due to which naturally occurring contamination is reduced. Cassia gum manufacturer also de-husk and de-germ the material by thermal mechanical treatment followed by milling and screening endosperm.
Further these splits are manually cleaned from the germs that are still stuck. This is briefing of the process although it contains quite a long methodology to clean and make it completely safe.
Various research is taking place to make sure that cassia gum is safe for feed additives in dogs and cats food.
- The research done turned out to be acceptable as positive findings were observed in mutation test for bacteria with semi refined cassia gum.
- Extensive test was done for 90 days in dogs and cats by providing them diet containing cassia gum.
It has been concluded that semi-refined purified cassia gum sets in the frame of cassia tora gum used as food additives which is considered safe to use in food for pets like dogs and cats.
Global Market Demand
According to the latest market report, cassia gum market is expected to increase and expand. There are certain key macro- economic signals and measures that are directly impacting and influencing consumption of cassia gum globally.
Basically, cassia gum was used as a substitute and an alternative of guar gum as there was limited research done. Now gradually, awareness is increasing so does the research and development activities are taking place.
Nevertheless, once regulation approves the usage of cassia gum all over the world, its demand would increase globally. The use and application of cassia gum is targeted to pet food industry like dog and cat food, and also animal feed. This also includes various other food areas like baby food, dairy and many more.
It is important to adhere guidelines and standards crucially to supply and use cassia gum in any form, be the buyer is national or international. India considered to be the major producer of cassia gum and major contributor of the supplier.
Market of Cassia gum has been forecasted for high growth in the manufacturing industry which is segmented into cosmetics, paper, textile, chemical processing and more.