6 07, 2022

The ETA Introduces a New Webpage Highlighting Technical Enzyme Applications

2022-07-06T10:25:28-07:00

The Enzyme Technical Association (ETA) has recently launched a webpage highlighting technical enzymes used in consumer and industrial applications. The website provides examples such as detergents, textile processing, pulp and paper processing, and biofuel production…although there are many other applications where enzymes are used.  Enzymes represent one of the leading “Green Chemistry” technologies that drive sustainable chemical solutions in consumer products and industrial processes. Enzymes offer bio-based solutions as an alternative to conventional chemicals used in consumer and industrial applications. For more information see: https://www.enzymetechnicalassociation.org/enzymes/technical-applications/

The ETA Introduces a New Webpage Highlighting Technical Enzyme Applications2022-07-06T10:25:28-07:00
22 06, 2022

June is National Safety Month! Highlight on Enzyme Safety

2022-06-22T08:10:16-07:00

In the US, June was declared as National Safety Month by the National Safety Council (NSC) in 1996. The NSC observes the annual safety month to help us keep each other safe, especially in the workplace. In honor of the Safety Month, the ETA would like to highlight the Enzyme Safety eLearning module titled “Working Safely with Enzymes” available on the website. This enzyme safety training could be used by enzyme manufacturers, distributors, and customers to help train their workers in the safe handling of enzymes. This eLearning module incorporates various key aspects of enzyme safety including properties of enzymes, health effects, methods to minimize potential exposure through control measures, workplace and [...]

June is National Safety Month! Highlight on Enzyme Safety2022-06-22T08:10:16-07:00
26 10, 2021

AISE, ACI, HCPA, and AMFEP Publish Factsheet on the Important Role of Enzymes in Detergent Products

2022-02-18T07:46:56-08:00

Congratulations to the AISE, ACI, HCPA, and AMFEP for publishing a factsheet on the important role of enzymes in detergent products. The factsheet explains how enzymes work, their environmental benefits and specific applications in a user-friendly way so that it is easy to understand for both technical and non-technical audiences. To learn more about the benefits of enzyme in determent products see https://www.aise.eu/newsroom/aise-news/new-factsheet-the-role-of-enzymes-in-detergent-products-the-industrys-commitment-to-safe-and-sustainable-use.aspx?back=8

AISE, ACI, HCPA, and AMFEP Publish Factsheet on the Important Role of Enzymes in Detergent Products2022-02-18T07:46:56-08:00
2 06, 2021

Occupational Exposure Limits for Enzymes: Practical Considerations

2021-06-02T08:23:34-07:00

The ETA supports the recent commentary on the use of 60 ng/m3 for the enzyme exposure limit as outlined in the March 2021 issue of the Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Sciences. This evidence-informed occupational airborne exposure limit has been successfully used by the enzyme manufacturing and detergent industry to protect workers . The authors (David Basketter1*, Nuria Moreno2 and Merete Simonsen) outline that risk management practices used in the enzyme manufacturing and detergent industry should be used in other industries and down stream enzyme users to successfully protect workers. For access to the paper please go to: https://juniperpublishers.com/ijoprs/pdf/IJOPRS.MS.ID.555651.pdf

Occupational Exposure Limits for Enzymes: Practical Considerations2021-06-02T08:23:34-07:00
6 05, 2021

The ETA Introduces New Webpage Highlighting the Sustainability Benefits of Enzymes

2021-05-06T10:03:08-07:00

The Enzyme Technical Association (ETA) has recently launched a webpage highlighting the sustainability benefits of enzyme technology. Enzymes represent one of the leading “Green Chemistry” technologies that drive sustainable solutions in consumer products and industrial processes. Member companies of ETA produce innovative enzyme products used in a variety of industries and consumer products that provide sustainable solutions. The website covers specific examples on how the enzyme industry is applying enzyme technology to solve sustainability challenges such as: sustainable solutions in cleaning, reducing food waste, improving animal nutrition, reducing chemicals in textile processing, and in biofuels generation. For more information go to the sustainability page.

The ETA Introduces New Webpage Highlighting the Sustainability Benefits of Enzymes2021-05-06T10:03:08-07:00
17 10, 2018

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

2018-10-17T16:08:02-07:00

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
6 07, 2017

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

2017-07-06T13:51:56-07:00

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
19 10, 2016

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

2016-10-19T12:07:27-07:00

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
19 10, 2016

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

2016-10-19T12:02:37-07:00

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
29 09, 2016

ETA CLARIFICATION ON OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE RESEARCH STUDY

2016-09-29T00:17:10-07:00

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
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