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Food-Grade Native Tapioca Starch

Harmonization Code : 1903.00.00.00 |   Tapioca, Substitutes Therefor Prepared from Starch

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What is Tapioca (Cassava) Starch?

The name Tapioca is the common name for any of several related plants native to tropical regions in the Americas, Africa and Asia. Tapioca Starch is the name used in Thailand and Vietnam, Cassava Starch is the West Indian name; Manioc Starch (or Mandioc) is the Brazilian name; and Yucca Starch (or Juca) is used in other parts of South America. Throughout the text below, both tapioca starch and cassava starch are used as these terms can be used interchangeably. The tapioca plant grows in a bushy form, up to 2.4 meters (8 ft) tall, with greenish-yellow flowers and the roots are up to 8 cm (3 in) thick and 91 cm (36 in) long. The tapioca roots contain from 20% - 32% starch in plants as young as ½ to 1½ years old.

Native Cassava Plant for Starch

Reasons Why Tapioca (Cassava) is a Preferred Starch

  1. Flavor Profile: Important for the food industry, light flavors such as vanilla, peach and lemon, are not masked when using tapioca starch. This is because tapioca starch contains no impurities, while cereal based starches contain phospholipids which give it an after taste.

  2. Appearance: Also for the food industry, pastes, films and gels madse with tapioca starch are clearer than when other starches are used and fruit fillings look more appetizing.

  3. Non-Allergetic: For the baby food industry, tapioca starch is gluten-free and thus easier to digest - an important consideration, and a reason for its widespread use in the manufacture of baby foods.

  4. Excellent Viscosity: Tapioca starch exhibits a lower viscosity (more liquid) when it's warmed. This facilitates processing.

In Which Industries is Tapioca Starch Used?

  • Food-Grade Tapioca Starch is used in the Food and Candy Industries

  • Glue and Adhesive Industries used modified starch and starch derivatives

  • Pet Food Industries use cassava starch as fillers

  • Fish Feed Industry

  • Paper and Paper Cone industries

  • Ice Cream and Ice Cream Cone Manufacturers

  • Aluminium and Cast Iron Foundries use starch as a sand binder to make molds

  • Pharmaceutical Industries use starch and derivatives to bind tablets and as a dispersion agent

  • Cosmetics, Detergents and Soap Industries

  • Edible Masala Powder manufacturers

  • Cassava Starch Derivatives industries

  • Dry Battery Cell industries use Tapioca Starch as filler

  • Rubber and Foam industries

  • Textile Industries use Starch

  • Plywood

  • Fermentation Industry (enzymes, beer)

For more information regarding Native Tapioca (Cassava) Starch, please contact us for more details.

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Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications for Food-Grade Native Tapioca Starch
Items to be listed on Certificate of Analysis (CoA) of every delivery:
Moisture : 11- 14% (ISO 1666)
pH : 4.5 – 7
Total aerobic mesophilic count : 10,000 CFU /g (ISO 4833)
Moulds : 250 CFU/g (ISO 7954)
Yeast : 250 CFU/g (ISO 7954)
E. coli or coliforms : absent (ISO 16654)
Salmonella : absent (ISO 6579)
Shelf Life : 12 months after delivery date
Items to be measured and supplied yearly to customer:
Ash : max. 0.3% (ISO 3593)
Diffuse reflection Number/Whiteness : min. 90
Sieve analysis (vibrational) : max. 10
Protein content : 0.2% max
Cyanogenic potential : max 10mg HCN/kg (AOAC 1995 915.03 Pyridine Pyrazolone method)
Brabender Viscosity : min. 700 Bu (Conc. 6% ds, 700 cmg, 75 rpm, start temp. 45oC, increasing with 1,5 oC/min. till 90 oC, hold for 20 min., Read peak viscosity)
Sulphite (SO2) : max. 10 mg/kg (ISO 5379)
Arsenic (As) : max. 0.1 mg/kg (ISO 11212)
Cadmium (Cd) : max. 0.1 mg/kg (ISO 11212)
Lead (Pb) : 0.5 mg/kg (ISO 11212)
Mercury (Hg) : 0.05 mg/kg (ISO 11212)

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  • Harmonization Code
    • Customs Harmonization Code (HTS#) for Food-Grade Native Tapioca Starch
      1903.00.00.00 |  
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