Draft assessment report

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5 October 2005




DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS: 6pm (Canberra time) 16 November 2005



(See ‘Invitation for Public Submissions’ for details)

FSANZ’s role is to protect the health and safety of people in Australia and New Zealand through the maintenance of a safe food supply. FSANZ is a partnership between ten Governments: the Commonwealth; Australian States and Territories; and New Zealand. It is a statutory authority under Commonwealth law and is an independent, expert body.

FSANZ is responsible for developing, varying and reviewing standards and for developing codes of conduct with industry for food available in Australia and New Zealand covering labelling, composition and contaminants. In Australia, FSANZ also develops food standards for food safety, maximum residue limits, primary production and processing and a range of other functions including the coordination of national food surveillance and recall systems, conducting research and assessing policies about imported food.

The FSANZ Board approves new standards or variations to food standards in accordance with policy guidelines set by the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) made up of Commonwealth, State and Territory and New Zealand Health Ministers as lead Ministers, with representation from other portfolios. Approved standards are then notified to the Ministerial Council. The Ministerial Council may then request that FSANZ review a proposed or existing standard. If the Ministerial Council does not request that FSANZ review the draft standard, or amends a draft standard, the standard is adopted by reference under the food laws of the Commonwealth, States, Territories and New Zealand. The Ministerial Council can, independently of a notification from FSANZ, request that FSANZ review a standard.

The process for amending the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code is prescribed in the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act). The diagram below represents the different stages in the process including when periods of public consultation occur. This process varies for matters that are urgent or minor in significance or complexity.

FSANZ has prepared a Draft Assessment Report of Application A517; and prepared a draft variation to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code).
FSANZ invites public comment on this Draft Assessment Report based on regulation impact principles and the draft variation to the Code and the draft variation to the Code for the purpose of preparing an amendment to the Code for approval by the FSANZ Board.
Written submissions are invited from interested individuals and organisations to assist FSANZ in preparing the Final Assessment for this Application. Submissions should, where possible, address the objectives of FSANZ as set out in section 10 of the FSANZ Act. Information providing details of potential costs and benefits of the proposed change to the Code from stakeholders is highly desirable. Claims made in submissions should be supported wherever possible by referencing or including relevant studies, research findings, trials, surveys etc. Technical information should be in sufficient detail to allow independent scientific assessment.
The processes of FSANZ are open to public scrutiny, and any submissions received will ordinarily be placed on the public register of FSANZ and made available for inspection. If you wish any information contained in a submission to remain confidential to FSANZ, you should clearly identify the sensitive information and provide justification for treating it as commercial-in-confidence. Section 39 of the FSANZ Act requires FSANZ to treat in-confidence, trade secrets relating to food and any other information relating to food, the commercial value of which would be, or could reasonably be expected to be, destroyed or diminished by disclosure.
Submissions must be made in writing and should clearly be marked with the word ‘Submission’ and quote the correct project number and name. Submissions may be sent to one of the following addresses:
Food Standards Australia New Zealand Food Standards Australia New Zealand
PO Box 7186 PO Box 10559
Canberra BC ACT 2610 The Terrace WELLINGTON 6036
Tel (02) 6271 2222 Tel (04) 473 9942
www.foodstandards.gov.au www.foodstandards.govt.nz
Submissions need to be received by FSANZ by 6pm (Canberra time) 16 November 2005.
Submissions received after this date will not be considered, unless agreement for an extension has been given prior to this closing date. Agreement to an extension of time will only be given if extraordinary circumstances warrant an extension to the submission period. Any agreed extension will be notified on the FSANZ Website and will apply to all submitters.
While FSANZ accepts submissions in hard copy to our offices, it is more convenient and quicker to receive submissions electronically through the FSANZ website using the Standards Development tab and then through Documents for Public Comment. Questions relating to making submissions or the application process can be directed to the Standards Management Officer at the above address or by emailing slo@foodstandards.gov.au.

Assessment reports are available for viewing and downloading from the FSANZ website. Alternatively, requests for paper copies of reports or other general inquiries can be directed to FSANZ’s Information Officer at either of the above addresses or by emailing info@foodstandards.gov.au.


Executive Summary and Statement of Reasons 7

Statement of Reasons 9

1. Introduction 10

2. Regulatory Problem 10

3. Objective 10

4. Background 11

4.1 Historical Background 11

5. Relevant Issues 12

5.1 Risk assessment 12

5.2 Nature of the enzyme 12

5.3 Efficacy and technological justification 13

5.4 Other international regulatory standards 14

5.5 Issues arising from submissions 14

5.6 Mucor species nomenclature 14

5.6.1 Research Results 14

5.6.2 Conclusion 15

5.7 Risk management 15

6. Regulatory Options 16

7. Impact Analysis 16

7.1 Affected Parties 16

7.2 Impact Analysis 16

7.2.1 Option 1 17

7.2.2 Option 2 17

8. Consultation 17

8.1Public consultation 17

8.2 World Trade Organization (WTO) 18

9. The Decision 18

Attachment 1 20

Draft variation to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code 20

Attachment 2 21

Summary of public submissions 21

Attachment 3 22

Safety assessment report 22

Attachment 4 33

Food technology report 33

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