Call for comment on a new source for an enzyme processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application to allow an already approved enzyme processing aid to be produced from a new source.

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the enzyme (maltogenic alpha-amylase) has a long history of safe use and is already approved to be sourced from a genetically modified (GM) bacterium known as Bacillus subtilis.

‘The manufacturer has applied to FSANZ to produce the enzyme from a different GM strain of yeast known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

‘If approved, the enzyme would be used as a processing aid in the manufacture of bakery products to improve shelf life.

‘FSANZ has completed a safety assessment and found the enzyme to be safe and suitable for use in food,’ Mr Booth said.

To have your say, see our call for comment page. Submissions close 6pm (Canberra time) 10 March 2021.

What happens with my feedback?

All public submissions are published to our website as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period.

We will consider all feedback received through this public consultation process before making a decision on whether to approve the application.

FSANZ’s decision will be 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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