FSANZ found half of 30 packaging chemicals studied were at detectable levels in food. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Fresh bread, takeaway hamburgers and meat pizzas are some of the foods the national regulator has found contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that have leached from plastic packaging, a report reveals.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has detected two types of phthalates, or plastic softeners, in samples of popular foods at amounts exceeding international safety limits, triggering plans for further research.

Overall, it said, chemicals that have migrated from packaging into food are a low risk to public health and safety.


Source: FSANZ detects ‘potentially concerning’ amounts of phthalates in food from packaging