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Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Food Enzymes to Enable the Use of Amylase (maltogenic) Obtained from Bacillus subtilis BS154 as a Food Enzyme in Bread, Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, and Unstandardized Bakery Products

Background

Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for of the use of the enzyme maltogenic alpha-amylase obtained from Bacillus subtilis BS154 in bread, flour, whole wheat flour, and unstandardized bakery products. 
Amylase (maltogenic), when obtained from certain other strains of B. subtilis, is already permitted for use in Canada as a food enzyme in bread, flour, whole wheat flour and unstandardized bakery products.

As no safety concerns were raised through this assessment, the Department has enabled the food additive use described in the information document by modifying the List of Permitted Food Enzymes, effective October 15, 2014. The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of this food additive.

Information Document

To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Food Enzymes to Enable the Use of Amylase (maltogenic) Obtained from Bacillus subtilis BS154 as a Food Enzyme in Bread, Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, and Unstandardized Bakery Products- Document Reference number: NOM/ADM-0038, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to publications@hc-sc.gc.ca with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0038-eng".

Contact Information

Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including amylase (maltogenic). Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of this additive or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "amylase (maltogenic)" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate

Supporting Information

Food Additives