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Results of survey of chemicals in food from packaging reassuring

Date: 19/01/2016

The results of a survey on packaging chemicals in food are reassuring for consumers, Food Standards Australia New Zealand Chief Executive Steve McCutcheon said today. 
Mr McCutcheon said the second phase of the Australian Total Diet Study looked at chemicals that might migrate from packaging into food.
“There were no detections at all for half of the 30 chemicals,” Mr McCutcheon said.
“We detected very low residues of some chemicals in a small number of samples. After undertaking a very conservative safety assessment on these very low levels, FSANZ has concluded there are no safety concerns.
“The screening study identified that further work was required for two of the chemicals tested for (phthalates) and FSANZ will be sampling a wider range of foods for these chemicals so a full dietary exposure assessment can be undertaken.
 “The ATDS results will inform an ongoing review of current food packaging regulations.”

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Read a summary of analysis ​(pdf  38.6 kb) | (word  128 kb)
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