Applications of microbial biotechnology include the production of enzymes (e.g. chymosin), food ingredients (acidulants, amino acids, antimicrobial agents, lavors, flavor enhancers (MSG), thickerners (dextrans, xanthan ghum), vitamins, and sweeteners (aspartame, thaumatin).
Chymosin: The First Biotechnology-Derived Food Ingredient
Chemicals for use in food processing that are produced using genetically engineered microorganisms will undergo the same safety testing that applies to other food additives.
Prepared Summer 1997 by Bernadene Magnuson, Ph.D.
University of Idaho, Dept. of Food Science and Toxicology - EXTOXNET FAQ Team.