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Call for submissions oligosaccharides in foods for infants and young children

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a second call for submissions on an application to allow two new substances in infant formula products and formulated supplementary foods for young children (FSFYC).

The application is seeking to permit the addition of two oligosaccharides (2′-O-fucosyllactose and Lacto-N-neotetraose) that are identical to those naturally present in human milk.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the oligosaccharides are produced by microbial fermentation using genetically modified production strains.

"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.

"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.

"Interested parties are invited to have their say on the draft variation by 6pm Canberra Time 2 September 2019.

FSANZ will consider all submissions before a final decision is made. 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.

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