Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for comment on an application to allow a new production method for a steviol glycoside in the Food Standards Code.
CEO Mark Booth said the application is seeking permission for the use of rebaudioside E, produced using enzymes derived from a genetically modified strain of the yeast, Pichia pastoris.
“Consistent with already permitted uses of steviol glycosides in food, rebaudioside E is intended to provide sweetness in reduced sugar or sugar-free foods and beverages.
“Steviol glycosides are a type of intense sweetener sourced from the South American plant Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (stevia)."
“FSANZ has conducted a thorough risk assessment and concluded there are no public health or safety issues associated with the use of this type of steviol glycoside," Mr Booth said.
The period for comment closes at 6pm (Canberra time) 23 January 2020.
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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