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Results of 27th Australian Total Diet Study released

Date: 10/12/2021

​Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released the results from its 27th Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS) which looked at levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food. 

The results show that Australian consumers' exposure to PFAS through food is very low and poses no food safety concerns.

Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr Sandra Cuthbert said the results were good news for Australian consumers.

“The ATDS is the most comprehensive study of Australians consumers' exposure to chemicals through food," Dr Cuthbert said.

“The 27th ATDS tested for 30 types of PFAS in 1,336 composite samples representing 112 commonly eaten foods sourced from all Australian states and territories.

“Only one type of PFAS - perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) - was detected at low levels in less than 2% of all foods sampled.

“Overall, dietary exposure to PFOS for the general Australian population was well under the Tolerable Daily Intake.

“The ATDS also found that levels of PFAS were well below Australian guidance values, including FSANZ trigger points for site investigation and National Health and Medical Research Council drinking water guidelines."

The study found:

  • PFAS levels in the general Australian food supply are as low as reasonably achievable
  • there are no public health and safety concerns for the general Australian population
  • PFAS levels in Australian foods were consistently lower than those found in overseas studies conducted in Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom and China, and
  • there is no current need for additional risk management measures (like maximum levels) in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

The ATDS measures the levels of substances including agricultural and veterinary chemicals, contaminants, natural toxicants, nutrients and food additives in a broad range of foods and beverages typical of the Australian diet.

The survey, first undertaken in 1970, helps FSANZ monitor the safety of the food supply.

More information:

Read the full 27th ATDS report.

Learn more about the ATDS.

Media contact:

  • 0401 714 265 (Australia)
  • +61 401 714 265 (from New Zealand)
  • media@foodstandards.gov.au

 

 

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