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Nanoparticles found in common food products

Nanoparticles found in common food products

Independent testing has found potentially harmful nanoparticles in a range of food products.

FSANZ fails us again: risky nanoparticles found in baby formula

FSANZ fails us again: risky nanoparticles found in baby formula

Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth US has found risky nanoparticles deemed unsafe for use in toothpaste in baby formula. Six samples of baby formula made by Gerber®, Enfamil®, Similac® and Well Beginnings™ – which are all available online in Australia – were tested. Four of the samples contained nanoparticles of hydroxyapatite, three in particularly risky needle like form. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) concluded that the needle-like form of nano hydroxyapatite found...

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Report highlights catastrophic risks posed by new technologies

Report highlights catastrophic risks posed by new technologies

This year the Global Challenges Foundation has included synthetic biology and geoengineering in its annual assessment of the catastrophic global risks faced by the planet. The organisation defines a global catastrophic risk as any “risk of events or processes that would lead to the deaths of approximately a tenth of the world’s population, or have a comparable impact.” Geoengineering In many of the global climate scenarios in which temperature increases are restricted to under 2 degrees, geoengineering technologies play a prominent role. In...

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Modifying the truth

Modifying the truth

Remember how the biotech industry has told us for years that all crops are genetically modified (GM) and that GM is just an extension of what farmers have been doing for millennia? Well now they’ve changed tack and are claiming a range of new GM techniques aren’t really GM at all. Referred to innocuously as ‘new plant breeding techniques’ or ‘gene editing’, there is a global push by the GM giants to deregulate these techniques. By arguing that these techniques are precise and not really genetic engineering at all, companies are attempting to...

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OECD calls for urgent research into risks from nanomaterials in household waste

OECD calls for urgent research into risks from nanomaterials in household waste

In a new report on nanomaterials and waste, the OECD has expressed concern that too little is being done to control the rapidly expanding presence of nanomaterials in the waste stream. The dramatic increase in the number of products containing nanomaterials has resulted in a significant increase in the quantities of nanomaterials entering the waste system. Waste treatment methods and facilities are not generally able to remove these nanomaterials and they are ending up in our water and soil. Many of these nanomaterials, such as titanium...

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Welcome to the corporate state

Welcome to the corporate state

In pursuit of its extreme neoliberal agenda, our Federal Government is steadily dismantling our regulatory systems and destroying public interest science. It needs to stop. Two recent developments are encouraging signs that regulators in some countries are actually starting to grapple with how to address the rapidly increasing use of nanomaterials in consumer products. Canada has implemented a reporting requirement for products containing nanomaterials – following the US and several EU countries; and the EU has just finalised its rules...

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