The expert panel convened by Taurus Energy has issued a favorable opinion regarding XyloFerm® as a feed component. It remains for the panel to assess and issue a statement regarding the final feed product.
The panel members have, individually and collectively, determined that the genetic modifications made to create XyloFerm® strains do not form the basis for departing from the safety assessment and the risk profile of non-modified wildtype yeast, whose safety is well documented in the public literature. Following that the XyloFerm® strains evaluated by the panel are GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe), i.e. safe to consume, as a component in animal feed in the form of inactivated biomass under 21 C.F.R. (Code of Federal Regulations) § 570.30 (b)*, based on the scientific procedure.
The panel intends to make a separate assessment of the final feed product safety and has requested additional data in the form of a comparative study of the feed product DG (Distillers Grains) produced by XyloFerm® compared to unmodified yeast. Taurus Energy is now initiating collaboration with an ethanol producer to produce this data.
*21 CFR 570.30(b): general recognition of safety through scientific procedures requires the same quantity and quality of scientific evidence as is required to obtain approval of the substance as a food additive and ordinarily is based upon published studies, which may be corroborated by unpublished studies and other data and information.
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