Biotech Updates

FSANZ Invites Public Comment on Use of GM-derived Enzyme

November 11, 2011

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for written submissions on applications to approve the use of amylomaltase as a processing aid. The application for approval was submitted by DSM Food Specialties. Amylomaltase is an enzyme sourced from a genetically engineered strain of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, as a processing aid to produce modified starch products as an ingredient in dairy products.

"All GM foods undergo a comprehensive premarket safety assessment by FSANZ before being approved in the Food Standards Code," FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said. "FSANZ welcomes comments from government agencies, public health professionals, industry and the community on the application."

Comments will be accepted until 14 December 2011.

For more details on how to make submissions, visit