Call for submission on new processing aid from GM source

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application to allow a new processing aid derived from a genetically modified (GM) source.

FSANZ interim CEO Dr Sandra Cuthbert said the application seeks approval to permit use of the enzyme maltogenic alpha amylase from a GM strain of Escherichia coli.

“FSANZ’s safety assessment found no health or safety concerns for Australian and New Zealand consumers,” Dr Cuthbert said.

“If approved, the enzyme will be permitted for use as a processing aid in baking, brewing and starch processing.”

Guidance on how to make a submission is provided on the call for comment page on the FSANZ website.

Submissions close 6pm (Canberra time) 18 January 2022.

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