Give your opinion on a processing aid

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Give your opinion on a processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking comments regarding an application for the use of a processing aid that has been created from a genetically modified source.

The processing aid, an enzyme called phospholipase A1, comes from a strain of Aspergillus niger, which is a kind of fungus that has been regularly used in food processing and manufacturing in Australia for some time now. The genetic modification caused him to express the enzyme with genes from another fungus called Talaromyces leycettanus.

The enzyme would be used as a degumming agent in the production of vegetable oils and fats with its manufacturer, Novozymes, suggesting that it offers benefits with its cost effectiveness and low water consumption. It also leads to cleaner and higher oil yields.

Health and safety tests found no cause for concern either, indicating that it is suitable for human consumption. Additionally, Brazil, Denmark, France and Mexico have all authorized the use of the enzyme in food production.

FSANZ is accepting comments until September 13. Go to this page for more information on the enzyme and how to submit a quote.

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