JECFA Decision on Wood Rosin


TIC Gums Alerts Customers About JECFA Decision on Wood Rosin. Published on TIC Gums website – June 19, 2013 – Article

TIC Gums is alerting customers that the glycerol ester of wood rosin (GEWR) remains the best choice for a weighting agent to stabilize sports drinks and other citrus-flavored beverages. This notice comes after a recent decision was released by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee of Food Additives (JECFA), in which the Committee reaffirmed the safety of GEWR and removed the temporary Allowable Daily Intake (ADI) for the glycerol ester of gum rosin (GEGR).

At its 77th meeting in June, JECFA reevaluated and reviewed several food additives, including GEWR and GEGR. The Summary and Conclusions document from the meeting was released June 19, 2013.

JECFA withdrew the temporary ADI for GEGR after requests for feeding studies and compositional data were not fulfilled by its petitioners. JECFA’s decision comes on the heels of a similar decision by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2010, in which EFSA denied regulatory approval to GEGR. EFSA warned that there were not sufficient toxicological studies and other data to allow the use of GEGR as a food additive.

At its recent meeting, JECFA also reaffirmed the ADI of GEWR at 0-25 mg/kg bw. In addition to being approved by JECFA, GEWR is also approved for use as a food additive by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, EFSA, and other major regulatory agencies around the world.

“Companies considering the glycerol ester of gum rosin as a substitute should be aware of the regulatory concerns, in light of these recent decisions,” says Mat O’Connor, TIC Gums director of global sourcing. “We at TIC Gums want to reassure our customers that the wood rosin-based product remains the most effective and most tested stabilizer for beverages like sports drinks and citrus beverages.”

TIC Gums’ product line includes Pinova™ Ester Gum 8BG and Pinova Ester Gum, food-grade glycerol esters of wood rosin (GEWR) that are effective weighting agents for adjusting the density of citrus oils and improving stability in beverages, while at the same time providing a superior cloud.

For more information on TIC Gums’ GEWR products, Pinova Ester Gum 8BG, and our full line of hydrocolloids and gum systems, visit: