Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a proposal to permit the use of acetate forms of L-amino acids including L-arginine acetate in food for special medical purposes.
Foods for special medical purposes are used to manage the diets of people with certain diseases, disorders or medical conditions.
FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries had asked FSANZ to prepare the proposal to permit the use of L-arginine acetate. Amino acids are important for many of the body’s functions.
“At the time the current standard was prepared, acetate forms of single amino acids were not permitted for use and this now has the potential to affect trade in these foods, which are mostly produced overseas,” Mr Booth said.
“FSANZ is proposing these changes to ensure the Code does not impede trade and protects the health of people with certain medical conditions.
The period for comment closes on 28 August 2017.
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