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The Australian Department of Health (DOH) has published a guidance for importers and manufacturers of chemicals that will be used in food-contact articles. The guidance is intended to facilitate compliance with a new requirement under the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) to categorize such food-contact chemicals as “exempted,” “reported,” or “assessed”.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued two publications in May as part of its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, noting that risk assessment of nanomaterials can be challenging due to the difference in their physico-chemical properties as compared to non-nanomaterials. Consequently, these publications are intended to assist in the identification of useful parameters for analyzing nanomaterials, as well as the selection of best available methods for gathering relevant physico-chemical information on specific nanomaterials. 

Australian consumers’ exposure to food packaging chemicals is low and, therefore, concentration of these chemicals in food represent a negligible to low risk to public health. This was the conclusion drawn by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) based on the 24th Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS), Phase 2.

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.