Kerry recently announced that its Acryleast™ acrylamide-reducing yeast has received “organic suitable” status in the European Union. This status positions Acryleast as the only organic-suitable acrylamide-reducing processing aid available in either the EU or the US, allowing it to be used as an ingredient in the production of organic foods such as children’s biscuits, baked goods, crackers, bread and others. Acryleast, which was launched in 2019 was already considered to have “organic suitable” status in the United States as a non-GMO, clean-label yeast.
“These are challenging times for food manufacturers as they work to adapt to the emerging demands of today’s marketplace. One of these evolutions is that consumers are now more focused than ever on protecting their health and that of their children,” said Mike Woulfe, VP of Enzymes at Kerry. “Acryleast enables food manufacturers — now including organic producers — to vastly reduce acrylamide levels in their products. The ability to apply a clean-label, organic suitable, non-GMO yeast solution is a significant milestone that will be of great interest to food producers focused on acrylamide reduction strategies, in preparation for the impending update of European regulations and to meet consumer demand.”
The new designation for Acryleast comes at a time when the EU Commission and member states have agreed to soon set maximum allowable levels of acrylamide in young children’s food categories (biscuits, rusks, processed cereal-based foods, etc.). The EU Commission will also begin discussions with member states on the possible setting of maximum levels for foodstuffs for other age groups as they conduct a review of existing benchmark levels.
Mike Woulfe adds: “The EU continues to both expand and tighten its ongoing regulatory control of acrylamide’s presence in a wide variety of foodstuffs, especially with regard to the exposure faced by children, where rulings on maximum allowable limits are expected shortly.”