The following is a new media release from Food Standards Australia New Zealand and is about a potential new processing aid from a genetically modified source. It is included here with permission.
A processing aid is not an ingredient as such, but is used in the processing of food. This potential aid is sourced from a genetically modified strain of E.coli.
Call for submissions on a new processing aid from a GM source
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application to allow a new processing aid derived from a genetically modified (GM) source.
FSANZ interim CEO Dr Sandra Cuthbert said the application seeks approval to permit use of the enzyme maltogenic alpha amylase from a GM strain of Escherichia coli.
“FSANZ’s safety assessment found no health or safety concerns for Australian and New Zealand consumers,” Dr Cuthbert said.
“If approved, the enzyme will be permitted for use as a processing aid in baking, brewing and starch processing.”
Guidance on how to make a submission is provided on the call for comment page on the FSANZ website.
Submissions close 6pm (Canberra time) 18 January 2022.
Media contact: 0401 714 265 (Australia) or +61 401 714 265 (from New Zealand) or firstname.lastname@example.org