Gum Arabic is the dry exudates obtained from the stems and braches of Acacia Senegal Var .Senegal (L) Willdenow (fam Leguminosae). It consists mainly of salts of an acidic Arabinose - GA lactose protein complex which on hydrolysis Yields GA lactose, arabinose, Ramones , glucuronic acid and 4-0-methyl glucuronic acid.
Prebiotic is a non digestible food ingredient that beneficially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of beneficial bacteria in the colon. And thus improve host health.
Identification Tests :-
It’s highly soluble in water, gives up to 50% solution, but insoluble in ethanol.
Should pass hydrolysis products test.
Specific optical rotation [α]ᵈ₂sc should be in the range of (-22) to (-34).
Loss in drying should not exceed 15% (105c, 5hrs).
Purity Tests :-
Purity tests are carried out on dry weight basis :
Total ash should not exceed 4%.
Nitrogen content should be in the range of 0.24 to 0.41%.
Protein content should be in the range of 1.58 to 2.7% using nitrogen conversion factor (NCF) of 6.6.
Arsenic should not exceed 3mg/kg.
Lead should not exceed 10mg/kg.
Heavy metals should not exceed 40mg/kg.
It should not contain starch and dextrin.
It should be free from tannins.
It is normally packaged in:
Jute bags of 50 kg capacity.
Polypropylene bags lined with food grade polyethylene of 25-50 kg capacity.
Multi-layered paper bags lined with food grade polyethylene of 25-50 kg capacity.
As agreed, upon, between customer and supplier.
Its normally stored in a properly constructed warehouse, under clean, cool and dry condition according to Sudanese standard SDS 3891/2007.