GMO COMPASS - Information on genetically modified organisms
  Mar 27, 2017 | 4:50 am
Site Search

Searches all of GMO-Compass in an instant




Stakeholder input wanted: survey on research needs for assessing GMO impacts 

Shaping the Future of GMO Research

Stakeholder with interests in the risk and/or benefit assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are invited to take part in an online survey.

The aim of this survey is to identify which research needs should be prioritised, thereby contributing to the commissioning of research on the health, environment and economic impacts of GMOs.

The survey will close on 15th July 2015.

More information and access to the online survey

The setting-up of this website was financially supported by the European Union within the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme from 1 January 2005 until 28 February 2007.

The European Commission and other EU agencies are not responsible for the content.
See what’s what.
The GMO Food Database
The GMO Food Database.
You want to know for which food products or plants gene technology plays a role?

Then enter here the name of a plant, foodstuff, ingredient or additive:

Database search
All database entries in overview:
Plants
Foodstuffs
Ingredients and additives
Additives according to E numbers
Enzymes


Please note that the GMO Compass Database currently is being expanded and updated. Please check back for new entries.

Newsletter
Sign up to receive regular updates on GM food quality and safety.
To change or cancel your subscription, please enter your email above.
Contact
Comments, suggestions or questions?
Please contact us at info@gmo-compass.org
Change font size
1 2 3

Mannitol

 

E 421 | Sweetener
Possible use of gene technology Labelling
Raw material GM maize Possible
Enzymes, produced with the aid of GM microorganisms No

 

Description

Mannitol belongs to the sugar alcohols and is appropriate for diabetics as sugar substitute. It has a sweetening power that is much lower than that of sugar (about 60%).

  • Mannitol provides just as much calories as saccharose, but does not require insulin for the breakdown process and therefore is appropriate for diabetics.

 

Application

Mannitol is applied for different products and fulfills various technological functions such as:

Gene technology

Fructose (fruit sugar) is the basic material for the production of mannitol. It is produced from plant starch during the process of the saccharification of starch.

  • Maize starch can consist partly of genetically modified maize , especially if the raw material was imported from the USA or Argentina. In the EU, genetically modified maize is grown on a comparativelly small area and nonetheless is not used as raw material for foodstuff. This may change in the case that the cultivation of GM maize increases in significance. In the future also: starch from potatoes orwheat.
  • Enzymes solubilise plant starch and metabolise it into ingredients and additives respectively. Several of these enzymes are produced with help of GM microorganisms such as amylases, glucose-isomerase, pullulanase.

Labelling: starch-based additives are subject to a labelling requirement, if they are directly produced of GM plants (e.g. maize). Whether this also applies to mannitol that results by way of various processing stages of starch and glucose respectively, is legally not clarified explicitly. In practice, it has been established that labelling is not practised.

Enzymes and their manner of production generally are not declared on the list of ingredients.

 

December 10, 2008 [nach oben springen]

© 2017 by GMO Compass. All rights reserved. | Imprint | website created by webmotive