Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to permit a new processing aid.
FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the application was seeking to permit the use of the enzyme β-galactosidase from a genetically modified strain of Bacillus subtilis.
“The enzyme would be used to produce low lactose and lactose free dairy products and to produce galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), which is used as an ingredient in other foods," Mr Booth said.
“Following a safety assessment FSANZ has concluded there are no public health and safety issues relating to the use of the enzyme."
The period for comment closes at 6pm (Canberra time) 17 January 2019.
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.
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