The Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS)
FSANZ monitors the food supply to ensure that existing food regulatory measures provide adequate protection of consumer health and safety. The Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS) is part of that monitoring. FSANZ coodinates the study and the state and territory food regulatory agencies collect the samples.
The Australian Total Diet Study, formerly known as the Australian Market Basket Survey, is Australia’s most comprehensive assessment of consumers’ dietary exposure (intake) to pesticide residues, contaminants and other substances. The survey is conducted approximately every two years
The study estimates the level of dietary exposure of the Australian population to a range of pesticide residues, contaminants and other substances through the testing of food samples representative of the total diet. In order to achieve more accurate dietary exposure estimates, the foods examined in the ATDS are prepared to a ‘table ready’ state before they are analysed. As a consequence, both raw and cooked foods are examined. For example, the potatoes are cooked.
The study also provides valuable background data that can be used for the development of food regulatory measures. Data from previous studies were used by the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) during the Review of the Food Standards Code and were integral to the development of standards in Volume 2 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The study is also used by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority when considering registration of chemical products.
- 23rd Australian Total Diet Study (November 2011)
- 22nd Australian Total Diet Study (September 2008)
- 21st Australian Total Diet Study (August 2005)
- 20th Australian Total Diet Study (January 2003)
- 19th Australian Total Diet Study (April 2001)