Safety evaluation of the food enzyme rennet paste from the abomasum of suckling goats, lambs and calves

EFSA J. 2021 Dec 17;19(12):e07006. doi: 10.2903/j.efsa.2021.7006. eCollection 2021 Dec.


The food enzyme rennet paste containing chymosin (EC, pepsin A (EC and triacylglycerol lipase (triacylglycerol acylhydrolase, EC is prepared from the abomasum of suckling goats, lambs and calves by Caglificio Clerici S.p.A. The food enzyme is intended to be used in milk processing for cheese production. As no concerns arise from the animal source of the food enzyme, from its manufacture, and based on the history of safe use and consumption, the Panel considers that toxicological data were not required and no exposure assessment was necessary. On the basis of literature data, the Panel considers that, under the intended conditions of use, the risk of allergic sensitisation and elicitation reactions by dietary exposure could not be excluded, but the likelihood is considered to be low. Based on the data provided, the Panel concludes that this food enzyme does not give rise to safety concerns under the intended conditions of use.

Keywords: EC; EC; EC; abomasum; chymosin; food enzyme; pepsin A; suckling calves; suckling goats; suckling lambs; triacylglycerol lipase.