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Call for comment: oligosaccharides in foods for infants and young children

Date: 22/11/2018

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a first call for submissions on an application to permit two new substances in infant formula products and formulated supplementary foods for young children.           

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the application was seeking to permit the addition of two oligosaccharides (2'-O-Fucosyllactose and Lacto-N-neotetraose) that are identical to those naturally present in human milk".

“These oligosaccharides are produced by microbial fermentation using genetically modified production strains," Mr Booth said.

“FSANZ will consider all submissions on its assessment which will inform a second call for submissions report before a final decision is made."

All FSANZ decisions on applications are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.

The period for comment closes 17 January 2019.

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How to make a submission

Read the assessment documents

Media contact: 0401 714 265 (Australia) or +61 401 714 265 (from New Zealand)

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