In July 2007, the European Commission issued a health warning to its member states after high levels of dioxins were detected in guar gum. The source was traced to guar gum from India that was contaminated with pentachlorophenol, a pesticide no longer used in Europe. PCP contains dioxins as contamination. Dioxins damage the human immune system and may be the cause of a wide range of diseases including cancer.
We recommend that consumers who purchase this food product must first confirm whether the manufacturer has tested the guar gum and ensured that it does not have PCP contamination. Most manufacturers do not test for this and do not have the equipment to test for this.
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