On August 27, 2014 the Sydney Morning Herald published an article on the regulation of food contact materials in Australia and New Zealand. Journalist Esther Han reports that 80% of the food and packaging companies judged the rules under the current legislation as “inadequate”, “minimalistic at best” and “largely irrelevant”. Friends of the Earth activist Jeremy Tager was cited stating that the lack of packaging regulations under the food standards code could place public safety at risk. He especially criticized the lack of regulations concerning nanomaterials and demanded a more proactive role of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand in regulating nanomaterials in packaging and food.
Esther Han (August 27, 2014). “New food packaging could be toxic and should be regulated, says Friends of the Earth.” Sydney Morning Herald.