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FSANZ Seeks Comments on Need to Regulate Chemical Migration from Food Packaging

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is accepting comments on its Consultation Paper for Proposal P1034 to determine whether legally binding measures are needed to regulate the direct and indirect migration of chemicals from packaging into food beyond the general safety standard enumerated in the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code. Specifically, FSANZ is seeking comments on the size of the food packaging market, the type of packaging used, and the practices packaging and food manufacturers are using to manage risks related to the chemical migration from food packaging into food. Depending on the comments received, FSANZ may draft legislation that would become legally binding as early as February 2017. Currently, U.S. and European packaging standards are used to ensure compliance with the Code.

Comments are being accepted from November 12, 2014 to December 24, 2014, and can be made on the FSANZ website. Submissions can also be emailed directly to