EFSA approves use of Lalmin Vitamin D yeast in broader food range

CANADA – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has acknowledged after a detailed food intake assessment, the use of Lalmin vitamin D (VitaD) yeast-previously only allowed in baked goods and dietary supplements- in 34 food categories including fermented milk or cream products and meat or dairy analogues, for all target populations. Lallemand range of VitaD Yeast products are a natural and vegetarian source of Vitamin D that can be used to enhance the Vitamin D content of baked goods, and in particular of bread. In May 2020, Lallemand Bio-ingredients, a…

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EFSA panel asserts safety of genetically modified oilseed rape 73496

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has affirmed the non-toxicity and non-allergenicity of oilseed rape 73496 following a risk assessment. Oilseed rape 73496 was developed to confer tolerance to glyphosate through the expression of the glyphosate acetyltransferase protein GAT4621. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide and a plant’s tolerance to it enables farmers to kill weeds without harming the crops thus enhancing yields.  The GMO panel was tasked to carry out a scientific assessment of oilseed rape 73496 meant for import, processing and…

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European Food Safety Authority flags titanium dioxide as “non-safe” whitening food additive

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) has, in its latest safety assessment, flagged titanium dioxide (E171) as a “non-safe” whitening food additive. Titanium dioxide is commonly used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt or ice cream. The compound is also used in candy, chewing gum, cake icing and white sauces. Its whitening power and the chemical inertness has made it an almost unchallenged whitening pigment in F&B for many years. EFSA finds E171 unsafe Questions…

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