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Australian Total Diet Study

Last updated: July 2021

The Australian Total Diet Study is Australia’s most comprehensive monitoring survey of chemicals, nutrients and other substances in the Australian diet.

We measure the levels of diff​​erent chemicals and substances in a range of foods typical to the Australian diet. We use this data to estimate Australian consumers' exposure to chemicals through food to ensure it is safe to eat.
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The ATDS is also a trusted source of public h​ealth information which is used by the World Health Organisation (WHO), other government and nongovernment agencies and independent researchers.

The first ATDS (formerly the Australian Market Basket Survey) was conducted over 50 years ago in 1970 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). FSANZ has managed the study since 2001, and in that time it has evolved to include a wider range of chemicals and nutrients. 

There are several key stages​ of a total diet study:

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