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Safety evaluation of the food enzyme maltogenic α‐amylase from the genetically modified Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain LALL‐MA

Articles   |   25 February 2021 Date   |  


The food enzyme maltogenic α‐amylase (4‐α‐d‐glucan α‐maltohydrolase; EC is produced with the genetically modified Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain LALL‐MA by Lallemand Baking Solutions. The genetic modifications do not give rise to safety concerns. The food enzyme is free from viable cells of the production organism and its DNA. The food enzyme is intended to be used in baking processes. Based on the maximum use level recommended for the baking processes and individual data from the EFSA Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database, dietary exposure was estimated to be up to 0.059 mg total organic solids (TOS)/kg body weight per day in European populations. As the production strain of S. cerevisiae meets the requirements for a Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) approach, no toxicological data are required. Similarity of the amino acid sequence of the food enzyme to those of known allergens was searched and six matches were found. The Panel considered that under the intended conditions of use, the risk of allergic sensitisation and elicitation reactions by dietary exposure cannot be excluded, but the likelihood for this to occur is considered to be low. Based on the data provided, the Panel concluded that this food enzyme does not give rise to safety concerns under the intended conditions of use.

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