The output of the assessment is highlighted as follows:
Risk assessment of certain food additives indicated that thaumatin is a digestible protein;
Adequate exposure estimates show no concern with respect to the genotoxicity, oral allergenicity from the available human data;
No acceptable daily intake (ADI) for thaumatin (E 957) was considered necessary;
Based on a margin of safety (MOS) and using the highest 95th percentile (P95) exposure of 0.48 mg/kg BW per day in consumers was drawn;
No safety concern for thaumatin (E 957) at the regulatory maximum level exposure assessment;
Recommendation on new specification limit for the minimum combined content of thaumatin I and II proteins in E 957, a specification limit for yeast, mold counts, and Salmonella spp, and lowering the existing maximum limit for arsenic along with the inclusion of maximum limits for mercury and cadmium.