Agent Name

Xanthan gum

CAS Number

11138-66-2

Formula

Unspecified

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Corn sugar gum; Gum xanthan; Rhodigel; Xanthan; [ChemIDplus] Polysaccharide B-1459; Kelgum; Keltrol; Kelzan; Xantural; [Merck Index] Optigel WX (als Zubereitung); RHODOPOL 23; [IUCLID]

Category

Vegetable Gums

Description

Cream-colored odorless solid; [Merck Index] Fine cream-colored powder with a very faint odor; [Solvay MSDS]

Sources/Uses

A polysaccharide gum made by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris; Used as a stabilizer and thickener for foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics, for rheology control in water-based systems, and in oil and gas drilling; [Merck Index] Used in the agricultural, fuel, paper-pulp-board, paints-lacquers-varnishes, textile processing, cosmetics, and personal-domestic use industries; Used in adhesives/binding agents, construction materials, explosives, fertilizers, pesticides, flame retardants, flotation agents, foods/foodstuffs, viscosity adjustors, cleaning/washing agents, and pharmaceuticals; [IUCLID] Used as an anticaking agent, drying agent, formulation aid, coloring adjunct, processing aid, emulsifier, solvent, stabilizer or thickener, surface-finishing agent, and texturizer for foods; [FDA] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA] Used as a thickener for industrial formulations; [Solvay MSDS]

Comments

A mild skin and eye irritant; [Solvay MSDS]

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