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Call for comment - Processing aid from a new source

Date: 29/04/2021

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

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the enzyme β-galactosidase is already approved in the Food Standards Code and has a long history of safe use.

“This application is looking to produce the same enzyme from a GM strain of Bacillus subtilis.

If approved, it will be used to reduce the lactose content in dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese.

“FSANZ review of the technical, toxicological and dietary exposure data found no health and safety concerns for Australian and New Zealand consumers," Mr Booth said.

To have your say, see our call for comment page. Submissions close 6pm (Canberra time) 4 June 2021.

What happens with my feedback?

All public submissions are published to our website as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period.

We will consider all feedback received through this public consultation process before making a decision on whether to approve the application.

FSANZ's decision will be notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.

More information

Media contact: 

0401 714 265 (Australia)
+61 401 714 265 (New Zealand)


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