FSANZ Issues Use of Enzymes Maltogenic alpha-amylase from a GM Strain of E. coli

Posted By: Trace One

On November 30th, 2021, Food Safety Australia and New Zealand sought approval on “Calls for submission on a new processing aid from a GM source”. The use of the enzyme maltogenic alpha-amylase from a GM strain of Escherichia coli.

The scope of the document highlights the following:

  • The enzyme will be permitted for use as a processing aid in baking, brewing, and starch processing;
  • The assessment found no health or safety concerns for consumers at the proposed usage levels;
  • In these food processing applications, the maltogenic alpha-amylase has a technological function during food processing and not in the final food;
  • The production organism has a history of safe use for food-grade enzyme production and is not known to produce any toxic metabolites.

The draft is open for public consultation period until January 18th, 2022.

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