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Updated safety evaluation of the food enzyme isoamylase from the Dyella sp. strain MU 1174

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Panel members at the time of adoption

José Manuel Barat Baviera, Claudia Bolognesi, Andrew Chesson, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, Riccardo Crebelli, David Michael Gott, Konrad Grob, Claude Lambré, Evgenia Lampi, Marcel Mengelers, Alicja Mortensen, Gilles Rivière, Vittorio Silano (until 21 December 2020 †), Inger‐Lise Steffensen, Christina Tlustos, Henk Van Loveren, Laurence Vernis and Holger Zorn.

Note: 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.

Abstract

The food enzyme isoamylase (glycogen α‐1,6‐glucanohydrolase, EC 3.2.1.68) is produced with Dyella sp. strain MU 1174 by Hayashibara Co. Ltd. In a previous opinion, the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids of EFSA could not conclude on the safety of this food enzyme due to uncertainties about the presence of a gene conferring resistance to antimicrobials in the genome of the production strain and its potential transfer to the food enzyme. New whole genome sequence data provided by the applicant showed that the production strain Dyella sp. MU 1174 does not contain antimicrobial resistance genes of concern. Based on the new data provided and the evaluation of the data previously submitted, the Panel concludes that this food enzyme does not give rise to safety concerns under the intended conditions of use.