The regulatory status of the enzyme transglutaminase in the processing of raw and heated meat products in Germany

The use of transglutaminase in foodstuffs is to be judged on the basis of the applying general rules (compare the statement of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of 23 July 2008). There is no positive list in Germany regulating the use of food enzymes.

Transglutaminase is to be regarded as a processing aid, not as a food additive, although transglutaminase is added to foodstuff due to technical reasons in the process of production or treatment, whereby transglutaminase itself or its brake down or reaction products become or can become a part of the foodstuff. Because there is no technological function in the final product, transglutaminase is legally to be assessed as a processing aid (§ 3 (3) LFGB)...

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