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Call for submissions on a GM processing aid application

Date: 6/06/2019

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to approve an enzyme from a genetically modified microorganism, for use as a processing aid.  

Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Scott Crerar said the new source for the enzyme (pullulanase) was a genetically modified (GM) strain of Bacillus licheniformis.

“The enzyme will be used to assist in brewing and the production of syrups by breaking down carbohydrates into simpler sugars," Dr Crerar said.

“The FSANZ safety assessment concluded there were no public health and safety concerns associated with the use of the enzyme," Dr Crerar said.

“Pullulanase is already a permitted enzyme, and B. licheniformis has a history of safe use in the production of enzyme processing aids. This application would provide food processors with an alternative source of pullulanase."

“FSANZ welcomes comments from government agencies, public health professionals, industry and the community on this application."

The period for comment closes at 6pm (Canberra time) 18 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: A1164 - Pullulanase from Bacillus licheniformis as a Processing aid (Enzyme)

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

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