Safety evaluation of the food enzyme glucose isomerase from Streptomyces murinus (strain NZYM‐GA)

food enzyme, glucose isomerase, xylose isomerase, D-xylose aldose-ketose-isomerase, EC, Streptomyces murinus
First published in the EFSA Journal
11 January 2019
4 December 2018
Scientific Opinion


The food enzyme is a glucose isomerase (d‐xylose aldose‐ketose‐isomerase; EC produced with a non‐genetically modified Streptomyces murinus strain NZYM‐GA by Novozymes A/S. The glucose isomerase is intended only to be used in an immobilised form in glucose isomerisation for the production of high fructose syrups. Residual amounts of total organic solids are removed by the purification steps applied during the production of high fructose syrups using the immobilised enzyme; consequently, dietary exposure was not calculated. Genotoxicity tests did not raise a safety concern. Similarity of the amino acid sequence to those of known allergens was searched and no match was found. The Panel considered that, under the intended conditions of use, the risk of allergic sensitisation and elicitation reactions by dietary exposure cannot be excluded, but the likelihood to occur is considered to be low. Based on the data provided, the immobilisation process and the removal of total organic solids during the production of high fructose syrups, the Panel concluded that this food enzyme does not give rise to safety concerns under the intended conditions of use.

Panel members at the time of adoption

José Manuel Barat Baviera, Claudia Bolognesi, Beat Johannes Brüschweiler, Andrew Chesson, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, Riccardo Crebelli, David Michael Gott, Konrad Grob, Evgenia Lampi, Alicja Mortensen, Gilles Rivière, Vittorio Silano, Inger‐Lise Steffensen, Christina Tlustos, Henk Van Loveren, Laurence Vernis, Holger Zorn.
Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings
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EFSA Journal 2019;17(1):5547
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European Commission
The full opinion will be published in accordance with Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 once the decision on confidentiality will be received from the European Commission