Process-specific technical data used in exposure assessment of food enzymes

EFSA J. 2021 Dec 20;19(12):e07010. doi: 10.2903/j.efsa.2021.7010. eCollection 2021 Dec.

Abstract

Technical data for exposure assessment of food enzymes Dietary exposure is part of the overall assessment of food enzymes. In order to develop food process-based exposure models, a number of different input data are required in tandem with technical conversion factors. This allows for a combination of use levels with food consumption data, which are typically reported as consumed. The use levels are expressed as total organic solids/kg raw materials. For each food process, EFSA identified a list of food groups and collated technical conversion factors. To ensure uniform application of FoodEx food categories and technical conversion factors in the assessment of food enzyme dossiers, stakeholders were consulted via open calls-for-data. Feedback was analysed. This document reports the consolidated input parameters for each food process. Regular updates have been made on a yearly basis since 2018, as further process-specific parameters were generated. The consolidated input data have been used to calculate dietary exposure during the evaluation of food enzyme applications. As well as publishing the input parameters, process-specific calculators of the food enzyme intake models (FEIM) have also been developed on the basis of summary statistics. These calculators have been deposited at https://zenodo.org/ for open access.

Keywords: FEIM; Food process; calculator; exposure assessment; food enzyme; technical conversion factor.