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Carob powder and locust bean gum, as widely consumed foods, are believed to have a high degree of safety. Locust bean gum has been extensively evaluated and found noncarcinogenic and nontoxic. 1 There are no known risks in pregnant or nursing women.
- Carcinogenesis bioassay of locust bean gum (CAS No. 9000-40-2) in F344 rats and B6C3F1 mice (feed study). Natl Toxicol Program Tech Rep Ser. 2003;221:1–99. [Carob (locust) bean gum. http://www.inchem.org/documents/jecfa/jecmono/v16je07.htm. Accessed 6/7/05]