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Safety evaluation of the food enzyme thermolysin from the non-genetically modified Anoxybacillus caldiproteolyticus strain AE-TP.

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

The food enzyme thermolysin (EC. is produced with the non-genetically modified Anoxybacillus caldiproteolyticus strain AE-TP by Amano Enzyme Inc. The food enzyme is free from viable cells of the production organism. It is intended to be used in eight food manufacturing processes. Dietary exposure was estimated to be up to 0.973 mg TOS/kg body weight (bw) per day in European populations. Genotoxicity tests did not indicate a safety concern. The systemic toxicity was assessed by means of a repeated dose 90-day oral toxicity study in rats. The Panel identified a no observed adverse effect level of 700 mg TOS/kg bw per day, the mid-dose tested, which, when compared with the estimated dietary exposure, resulted in a margin of exposure of at least 719. A search for the similarity of the amino acid sequence of the food enzyme to known allergens was made and no matches were found. The Panel considered that the risk of allergic reactions by dietary exposure cannot be excluded, but the likelihood is 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.
Journal: EFSA Journal
ISSN: 1831-4732
Issue: 2
Volume: 22
Publication year:2024
Keywords:Anoxybacillus caldiproteolyticus, EC, food enzyme, thermoase, thermolysin