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Packaged Food Intake in Students and Older Adults
Project Code: A03067
University of Newcastle
An earlier Food Standards Agency-funded project A03051 (Measurement of packaged food intake by children, by kilogram body weight, to include type of packaging and foodstuff) measured the packaged food intake of children. This research, published in August 2006, showed that children, in the age groups studied, can have higher intakes of packaged food particularly that packaged in plastic, per kg body weight than that assumed by the conventional EU approach that every day a person of 60kg bodyweight eats 1kg of food packed in plastics. This study informed debate as to whether the conventional approach used to determine specific chemical migration limits should be reassessed paying particular consideration to children’s intakes
The purpose of this new project was to quantify the packaged food intake of students and older adults (over 65 years of age) and the use of associated food contact materials. The aim of the work was to determine if, and how, the current EU model might differ from the actual intakes of packaged foods amongst the two groups studied. Students and older adults were selected as being potentially at increased risk of exposure to these chemicals due to their reliance on convenience foods.
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