FSANZ calls for submissions on oligosaccharides in infant foods

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is making a second call for submissions on an application to allow two oligosaccharides to be used in infant formula products.

The authority said the two oligosaccharides (2′-O-fucosyllactose and Lacto-N-neotetraose) are produced by microbial fermentation using genetically modified production strains and are identical to those naturally present in human milk.

“FSANZ’s safety and technical assessment found no public health and safety concerns associated with the addition of these oligosaccharides at the proposed maximum levels, which are within the range of levels found in human milk,” FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth

“We have considered comments received on the first call for submissions (November 2018) and after further targeted consultation have prepared a draft variation to permit the voluntary addition of these oligosaccharides to infant formula products and FSFYC.”

The authority is inviting people to have their say on the draft variation by September 2 and will consider all submissions before a final decision is made.

Once a decision is made ministers responsible for food regulation will be notified and they then can agree that the standard should become law or ask for a review.

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