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Have your say on a new enzyme processing aid

Date: 12/06/2020

​Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application to allow a new type of enzyme processing aid.

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the enzyme (glucoamylase) is derived from a genetically modified strain of Trichoderma reesei.

“The applicant seeks to use this particular glucoamylase as a processing aid in brewing, bakery products, potable alcohol and starch processing.

“Glucoamylase, which is already approved for use in the Food Standards Code has a long history of safe use.

“If approved, this enzyme will be used as a processing aid at low levels and is either not present in the final food or present in insignificant quantities.

“We have undertaken a safety assessment and found that there are no health and safety concerns associated with using this new source of glucoamylase," Mr Booth said.

To have your say, see our call for comment page. Submissions close at 6pm (Canberra time) 27 July 2020.

What happens with my feedback?

Submissions will be published to our website as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period.

FSANZ will consider all feedback received through this submission 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)
or +61 401 714 265 (from New Zealand)


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