Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Food Enzymes to Enable the Use of Maltogenic alpha-Amylase from Three Sources in Bread, Flour, Whole Wheat Flour and Unstandardized Bakery Products

Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0175 [2021-10-25]

Background

Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a premarket safety assessment of each of three food additive submissions seeking approval for the use of maltogenic alpha-amylase from Bacillus licheniformis HyGe750n6, B. subtilis RF13018, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae M17906 in bread, flour, whole wheat flour, and unstandardized bakery products.

Maltogenic alpha-amylase from other sources is already permitted in these foods. The new source organisms, B. licheniformis HyGe750n6, B. subtilis RF13018, and S. cerevisiae M17906, were not permitted sources for any food enzyme in Canada.

The results of the premarket assessments support the safety of maltogenic alpha-amylase from these three sources for their requested uses. Consequently, Health Canada has enabled the use of maltogenic alpha-amylase from B. licheniformis HyGe750n6, B. subtilis RF13018, and S. cerevisiae M17906 as described in the information document below by modifying the List of Permitted Food Enzymes, effective October 25, 2021. Health Canada has also updated the entries for the sources B. licheniformis MDT06-221, B. subtilis BS154, and B. subtilis RF12029 in the List to reflect the alpha configuration of the maltogenic amylase, as described in the information document.

The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for those wishing to submit an inquiry or new scientific information relevant to the safety of this food enzyme from the three new sources.

Information Document

To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Food Enzymes to Enable the Use of Maltogenic alpha-Amylase from Three Sources in Bread, Flour, Whole Wheat Flour and Unstandardized Bakery Products - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0175, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to hc.publications-publications.sc@canada.ca with the words "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0175-eng" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Contact Information

Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing new scientific information on the safety in use of any permitted food additive, including maltogenic alpha-amylase from B. licheniformis HyGe750n6, B. subtilis RF13018, and S. cerevisiae M17906. Anyone wishing to submit an inquiry or new scientific information on the use of this additive may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "alpha-amylase maltogenic (NOM-0175)" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2202C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
E-mail: hc.bcs-bipc.sc@canada.ca

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