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Asia Pacific: Packaging chemicals-food risk is low, states study

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A three-year project looking at the risk of chemicals migrating from packaging into food has determined that the chemicals investigated are not a concern for human health, says Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

CEO Mark Booth said that after a thorough risk assessment, FSANZ concluded the risk to public health and safety resulting from the chemicals migrating from packaging to food was low.

“This assessment process has involved considerable work and two rounds of public consultation,” said Booth.

“It also involved establishing an advisory group with industry and consumer representatives, testing of foods for the presence of packaging chemicals and dietary exposure assessments.”

“Based on its assessment, FSANZ has not recommended any further regulatory measures be introduced to the Food Standards Code.”