FSANZ calls for submission on starch enzyme

Thursday, 02 December, 2021

FSANZ calls for submission on starch enzyme

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for submissions on the use of an enzyme that is derived from a genetically modified source.

The enzyme, maltogenic alpha-amylase, is produced by a genetically modified strain of Escherichia coli that is expressing genes from an already used enzymatic source. It would be used as a processing aid in the production of baked and brewed goods as well as in starch processing. It is already is use but is going through this process due to this new, genetically modified source.

In safety testing the enzyme was found to be safe, with no likely allergens or evidence of genetic toxicity detected. Health concerns are unlikely to crop up given that enzymes are already sourced from the bacteria at hand.

For submissions visit this page and for more information about the enzyme and its uses visit this one. FSANZ will be accepting comments until 6 pm (Canberra time) 18 January 2022.

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