Call for comment on a new type of food additive

​​​Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an Application to allow a new type of additive under the Food Standards Code.​

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the additive is sourced from a particular type of mushroom called ‘sweet osmanthus ear’, if approved, it would be used to preserve non-alcoholic drinks.

“Extracts from the mushroom (known as jelly mushroom glycolipids) are used to protect food from common yeasts, moulds and bacteria that may grow over time.

“We carried out a safety assessment and found it is safe for use based on the proposed maximum permitted levels the Application calls for.

“To help people make informed choices about their food, mandatory labelling requirements apply and this food additive will need to be declared on the ingredients list,” Mr Booth said.

​ To have your say, see our call for comment page – submissions closes at 6pm (Canberra time) 17 September 2020.

What happens to my feedback?

Submissions will be published to our website as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period.

We will consider all feedback received through this submission 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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