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Parliamentary questions
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9 August 2010
E-4584/2010(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-4584/2010

The Commission is aware about the current use of the enzyme trans-glutaminase in food, and in particular in meat products in some Member States.

Unlike in the case of the thrombin/fibrinogen enzyme preparation, trans-glutaminase is placed on the market under national legislation as a processing aid and an official request for an authorisation as a food additive has never been submitted to the Commission

Following the resolution of 19 May of the Parliament which opposed the authorisation of the thombin/fibrinogen enzyme preparation in meat preparations and meat products, the Commission is planning to collect economic data and information on the current conditions of use of this processing aid. According to Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008(1) on food enzymes, trans-glutaminase will in future be reviewed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and its inclusion in the EU list of enzyme is foreseen to be examined by the Commission and the Member States.

(1)OJ L 354, 31.12.2008.

OJ C 170 E, 10/06/2011
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