WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to investigate imports of xanthan gum from Austria and China, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission. A preliminary anti-dumping duty determination is due on or about Nov. 12.

CP Kelco, Atlanta, on June 5 filed a petition with the D.O.C. and the I.T.C. urging the investigation. CP Kelco suspected imports from China and Austria were being sold at substantially less than fair value. The I.T.C. on July 19 said, “There is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of xanthan gum from Austria and China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.”

Xanthan gum, a hydrocolloid, is used as a thickener and stabilizer in water-based solutions. Xanthan gum is used in foods, beverages, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. It also has oilfield and industrial uses.