Study reveals migrating chemicals from food packaging is safe

20 January 2016 (Last Updated January 20th, 2016 18:30)

A study conducted by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) have indicated low levels of chemical migration in foods from their plastic packaging, eliminating the possibility of causing major health issues.

A study conducted by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) have indicated low levels of chemical migration in foods from their plastic packaging, eliminating the possibility of causing major health issues.

FSANZ had carried out phase II of the 24th Australian Total Diet Study to check if the chemicals in food packaging cause any health and safety concerns.

Around 30 chemicals and printing inks that can migrate into food from packaging were tested as a part of the study.

"The ATDS results will inform an ongoing review of current food packaging regulations."

The tested chemicals included bisphenol A (BPA), epoxidised soy bean oil (ESBO), phthalates, printing inks and perfluorinated compounds.

Typically consumed 81 foods and beverages were sampled during the study over two sampling periods.

FSANZ chief executive Steve McCutcheon said: "There were no detections at all for half of the 30 chemicals.

"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."

Four of the 335 samples were found to contain up to 80 parts per billion of EDAB, a printing ink chemical.