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Call for submissions on new enzyme processing aid

Date: 20/06/2019

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application seeking to permit a new processing aid.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the enzyme alpha-glucosidase is derived from a genetically modified strain of the fungus Trichoderma reesei.

“The applicant is seeking permission to use the enzyme to produce biochemicals, such as monosodium glutamate, organic acids, potable alcohol, isomalto-oligosaccharides and other sweeteners and lysine," Mr Booth said.

“FSANZ has undertaken a thorough safety assessment and concluded there are no public health safety issues related to the use of the enzyme."

The period for comment closes at 6pm (Canberra time) 30 July 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.

More information

How to make a submission

Read the assessment documents

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