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Cargill offers a broad range of hydrocolloids including products such as alginates, biopolymers (xanthan gum and scleroglucan), carrageenans, galactomannans (locust bean gum and guar gum) and pectins. These gums are used as gelling and thickening agents in all areas of the food industry and in a growing number of cosmetic, pharmaceutical and technical applications.

Hydrocolloids are polysaccharides of high molecular weight extracted from plants and seaweeds or produced by microbial synthesis.

The polysaccharide industry started in the first decades of the 20th century. Since then, the knowledge of carbohydrates combined with the latest industrial techniques has permitted the production of hydrocolloids with consistently higher purity, continuously meeting more demanding market specifications.

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Some Cargill products are only approved for use in certain geographies, end uses, and/or at certain usage levels. It is the customer's responsibility to determine, for a particular geography, that (i) the Cargill product, its use and usage levels, (ii) the customer's product and its use, and (iii) any claims made about the customer's product, all comply with applicable laws and regulations.