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Industrial Biotechnology Journal Publication: “The Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Process for Industrial Microbial Enzymes”

The Enzyme Technical Association (ETA) recently contributed an article titled “The Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Process for Industrial Microbial Enzymes” to Industrial Biotechnology, a peer-reviewed journal that provides news on bio-based industries. The article discusses the process for how the GRAS designation is determined for industrial microbial enzymes. GRAS is a regulatory designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that exempts a food substance from FDA premarket review if it is commonly known throughout the scientific community as safe under the conditions of its intended use. The article also discusses how the GRAS designation is particularly well suited for industrial microbial enzymes, which have a long history of safe [...]

Industrial Biotechnology Journal Publication: “The Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Process for Industrial Microbial Enzymes”2018-10-17T16:08:02-07:00

ETA responds to recent Food and Chemical Toxicology article,“GRAS from the ground up: Review of the Interim Pilot Program for GRAS notification” by Hanlon et al., 2017

ETA recently submitted a Letter to the Editor of Food and Chemical Toxicology to address an article in its July publication, “GRAS from the ground up: Review of the Interim Pilot Program for GRAS notification” by Hanlon et al., 2017. The ETA letter clarifies and expands upon points highlighted by Hanlon et al. regarding the common knowledge element of the safety of food enzymes used to support the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation. The letter outlines a peer-reviewed, generally recognized safety evaluation methodology for microbial enzymes, which provides the US FDA with a review framework for enzyme GRAS Notices. This approach may serve as a model to other food ingredient categories [...]

ETA responds to recent Food and Chemical Toxicology article,“GRAS from the ground up: Review of the Interim Pilot Program for GRAS notification” by Hanlon et al., 20172017-07-06T13:51:56-07:00

Industrial Biotechnology Journal Publication: “The Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Process for Industrial Microbial Enzymes”

The Enzyme Technical Association (ETA) recently contributed an article titled “The Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Process for Industrial Microbial Enzymes” to Industrial Biotechnology, a peer-reviewed journal that provides news on bio-based industries. The article discusses the process for how the GRAS designation is determined for industrial microbial enzymes. GRAS is a regulatory designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that exempts a food substance from FDA premarket review if it is commonly known throughout the scientific community as safe under the conditions of its intended use. The article also discusses how the GRAS designation is particularly well suited for industrial microbial enzymes, which have a long history of safe [...]

Industrial Biotechnology Journal Publication: “The Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Process for Industrial Microbial Enzymes”2016-10-19T12:07:27-07:00

ETA Panel at IFT16 on Generally Recognized as Safety (GRAS) Concept

The Enzyme Technical Association took part in a panel presentation discussing the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) concept during the IFT16 meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The Panel consisted of Tony Pavel (Cargill), Lori Gregg (Novozymes), Diane Shanahan (BASF), Vince Sewalt (DuPont Industrial Biosciences), and James La Marta (DSM). The panel discussed the enzyme industry’s model approach for a scientifically sound, rigorous, and transparent application of the GRAS concept. Topics covered included: GRAS definition; Enzymes, a History of Safety in Use and Manufacture; Manufacture process & Enzyme Characterization; Production Strain Construction & Safe Strain Lineage; Toxicology & Margin of Safety; GRAS framework, Track record of enzymes. Click here to access the presentation slides.

ETA Panel at IFT16 on Generally Recognized as Safety (GRAS) Concept2016-10-19T12:02:37-07:00

ETA CLARIFICATION ON OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE RESEARCH STUDY

On September 21, several media articles referred to a recent study published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine on "genetically modified (GM)-enzymes". It is important to note that the allergy risk discussed in these articles and the research publication refers to individuals working with enzymes in industrial processes and not to consumers. Manufacturers have safely produced and used enzymes for decades following workplace procedures put in place to protect their workforce. The risk of work-related enzyme allergy is controlled when proper workplace practices, engineering controls, and protective equipment are used. Enzymes are large proteins and, like other proteins, they are produced in living cells of humans, plants, animals and microorganisms. All living organisms [...]

ETA CLARIFICATION ON OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE RESEARCH STUDY2016-09-29T00:17:10-07:00

ETA Expands Membership to Central and South America

The ETA was established in 1970 to represent the interests of the enzyme industry across North America. In recent years, however, a need for consistent, globally-harmonized support for the enzyme industry led the ETA to expand its membership to Central and South American companies in 2016. "As enzymes grow in popularity and use in various industries, more companies engage the ETA for support in promoting education, health, safety and regulatory considerations for enzyme products," said John Sedivy, Chair of ETA. "It’s our goal to provide an international collaborative forum for these activities to take place. The close business relationships between many North-, Central-, and South American enzyme companies provided the catalyst for [...]

ETA Expands Membership to Central and South America2016-07-01T14:45:57-07:00

New Look Reflects ETA’s Purpose

Our organization has undergone positive growth over the past year, and with growth often comes change.  Since it began, the Enzyme Technical Association (ETA) has represented enzyme producers and marketers in the ever-changing regulatory and policy environment of the industry. A recent expansion into Central and South America, however, sparked the opportunity to present the ETA in a new light with a fresh, contemporary logo leading the way. "This was really an opportunity for the ETA to update its identity and tell a story about the impact enzymes have for a better world," stated Gary Hayen, Chair of the Website/Public Relations/Communications Committee at the ETA. "The expansion into Central and South America [...]

New Look Reflects ETA’s Purpose2016-07-01T14:44:34-07:00

ETA & CRN Publish Best Practices Guide – Enzyme Dietary Supplement Products

The Best Practices Guide was developed and published jointly by the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Enzyme Technical Association to help promote the safe production and use of enzyme-containing dietary supplements and to facilitate transparency and uniformity in the dietary supplement and enzyme industries.  The Best Practices Guide was prepared with input from the dietary supplement and enzyme industries and takes into account the current U.S. laws and government regulatory requirements.  It reflects the most up-to-date science and industry thinking with regard to the safe handling of enzyme-containing dietary supplements and will be updated as best practices evolve. The Best Practices Guide is not intended to be a substitute for consultation with legal and [...]

ETA & CRN Publish Best Practices Guide – Enzyme Dietary Supplement Products2014-01-25T19:46:55-08:00

ETA Statement on Chloramphenicol Contamination of Enzyme Preparations

A voluntary recall of enzyme preparations contaminated with the antibiotic chloramphenicol was recently announced by a U.S.-based enzyme company that imported and distributed the affected product.  The chloramphenicol-contaminated enzyme products were imported from a small enzyme producer located in India.  It has been reported that contaminated enzyme products from this Indian producer have also been imported into Europe, Japan and Canada. The safety and quality of our products is of paramount importance to the enzyme industry.  The industry is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”), the European Food Safety Authority (“EFSA”), and the Food Safety Commission of Japan (“FSCJ”).  The contaminated enzymes were [...]

ETA Statement on Chloramphenicol Contamination of Enzyme Preparations2013-11-04T19:47:28-08:00