Call for comment – enzymatic production of steviol glycosides

Source: Australia and New Zealand Food Standards

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for comment on an application to permit a new enzymatic conversion method to produce steviol glycosides.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the method uses three enzymes derived from genetically modified strains of Escherichia coli K-12.

“The applicant is seeking permission to use this to method produce higher amounts of steviol glycosides – a sweetener extracted from Stevia leaves which is used as an intense sweetener.

“FSANZ has undertaken a thorough safety assessment and concluded there are no public health safety issues related to the steviol glycoside preparations,” Mr Booth said.

The period for comment closes at 6pm (Canberra time) 08 October 2019.

All FSANZ decisions on applications are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.