Call for comment on rapeseed protein isolate

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application to allow a new type of protein sourced from rapeseed (Canola) in the Food Standards Code.

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the rapeseed protein isolate is a new ingredient that hasn’t been used in Australia or New Zealand previously but is currently used in the EU and USA.

“Protein can be sourced from animals (like whey) or other plants (soy or pea) and added to food as a protein source. ​​

“This new protein may be used as a replacement for existing protein sources and may be, if approved, added to bakery products, beverages, dairy, plant-based meat products and protein products.

“Our safety assessment looked at the technological, microbiological, nutritional, toxicology and dietary exposure aspects of the ingredient to make sure it is safe for Australian and New Zealand consumers.

“We found no health and safety concerns for the general population, however there may be a risk of allergic reaction for people who are sensitive to mustard. We will work with consumer allergy support organisations to raise awareness if the application is approved.

“Foods containing the protein will need to include it in the ingredient list so people can make an informed choice,” Mr Booth said.

To have your say, see our call for comment page. Submissions close at 6pm (Canberra time 4 September 2020.

All FSANZ decisions are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can request a review of the decision. 

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