Mycobacterium Aurum

Last updated:
22 March 2016
March 2016 - Application from Solution Sciences Ltd for bacterium M. aurum to be approved for use in the European Union (EU) as a food ingredient under Regulation (EC) 258/97.

Most mycobacterial species including M. aurum are environmental mycobacteria that live harmlessly in the environment and can also be found in the gut of humans and animals as part of the normal gut microflora. M. aurum is a bacterium regularly encountered if drinking untreated water, their numbers are reduced by drinking water treatment or when bottled waters are predominantly consumed.

The applicants intention is to market M. aurum as a concentrate of heat-killed M. aurum in suspension in water, with the intention that it be added to various foods including milk and dairy products, soft drinks, breads and food supplements.

Comments on this application are requested from the public to assist in informing the committee. Any comments on this application should be emailed to the ACNFP secretariat at by Monday 11 April 2016 and will be passed to the committee to assist in informing its assessment of this novel food ingredient.

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