FSANZ calls for comment on infant formula production method

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Monday, 26 July, 2021

FSANZ calls for comment on infant formula production method

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for comment on an application to allow a new production method for a permitted oligosaccharide added to infant formula products.

The application is seeking to permit the voluntary addition of the oligosaccharide 2′fucosyllactose (2′-FL) produced by microbial fermentation using a new genetically modified (GM) production strain, said FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth.

“Currently, the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code includes permissions for 2′-FL to be used as a nutritive substance in infant formula products at a maximum permitted level consistent with levels found in mature human milk,” he said.

This permission does not apply to the applicant’s 2′-FL, which has a different source and specifications. As such, a pre-market assessment of that 2′-FL was required.

In line with current Code permissions, FSANZ is proposing to permit the voluntary addition of the applicant’s 2′-FL to infant formula products at maximum levels of 2.4 g/L.

“FSANZ's safety and risk assessment found no safety concerns with the addition of this particular 2′-FL to infant formula products at the level requested, or at the higher level permitted in the Code," Booth said.

FSANZ previously approved 2′-FL produced by microbial fermentation of a different GM production strain under application A1155 2′-FL and LNnT in infant formula and other products.

FSANZ will consider all submissions before a final decision is made. All FSANZ decisions on applications are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.

Interested parties are invited to have their say on the draft variation by 6 pm (AEST) 19 August.

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