FSANZ calls for comment for GM enzyme processing aid

FSANZ calls for comment for GM enzyme processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application to allow a new type of processing aid from a genetically modified (GM) enzyme. The enzyme (alpha-amylase) is derived from a GM strain of Trichoderma reesei, which is already approved for use in the Food Standards Code.

“The applicant seeks to use this particular alpha-amylase as a processing aid in brewing and the production of potable alcohol. Alpha-amylase from similar production strains have a long history of safe use. If approved, this enzyme will be used as a processing aid at low levels and is either not present in the final food or present in insignificant quantities,” said Mark Booth, CEO of FSANZ.

FSANZ has undertaken a safety assessment and found that there are no health and safety concerns associated with using this new source of alpha-amylase. To have your say, visit the FSANZ Call for Comment page. Submissions will close at 6 pm (Canberra time) on 9 July 2020. Submissions will be published to the FSANZ website as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period.

FSANZ will consider all feedback received through this submission process before deciding whether to approve the application, with the decision notified to ministers responsible for food regulation, who can ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.

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