Join our network
Independent testing has found potentially harmful nanoparticles in a range of food products.
Friends of the Earth is concerned that proposed changes to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 that would delete the definitions of gene technology, GMO (genetically modified organism) and GM product from the Act are an attempt to deregulate risky new genetic engineering techniques by stealth. The Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 is scheduled for debate in the House today and Senate tomorrow. Furthermore, it appears that the Government has not discussed these...read more
Friends of the Earth has renewed its calls for a recall of food products containing nanomaterials following the release of a new study which found that titanium dioxide (TiO2) in food is absorbed into the human bloodstream. The calls follow the release of independent testing results last week which found potentially harmful nanoparticles of titanium TiO2 and silica (SiO2) in a range of food products including M&Ms, Nestlé Coffee Mate Creamer, Old El Paso Taco Mix and Woolworths Homebrand White Sauce. The study’s authors have suggested...read more
Following Friends of the Earth’s revelations that potential harmful nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silica (SiO2) in a range of food products our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a statement in response. This is an extraordinary mix of lies and elaborate evasions and demonstrates once again that FSANZ is putting industry profits before our safety. Here is our response to FSANZ’s claims: FSANZ claims that it “and other international food regulatory agencies have not identified any health...read more
Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found potentially harmful nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silica (SiO2) in a range of food products including M&Ms, Nestlé Coffee Mate Creamer, Old El Paso Taco Mix and Woolworths Homebrand White Sauce. The silica and titanium dioxide in all 14 food products tested contained a high proportion of nanoparticles that have not been tested, labelled or approved for consumption in Australia. Furthermore, peer reviewed studies have raised health serious health concerns...read more
Tim Flannery’s new book, Atmosphere of Hope, is supposed to offer us a ‘third way’ – new solutions to climate change. It makes for a depressing read. The book seems to leap from a kind of hopelessness into wishful thinking and an almost reckless faith in technologies that are barely at the conceptual stage. The hopelessness emerges from the failure of governments anywhere to tackle climate change with the kind of urgency the issue clearly deserves. Instead, in places like Australia, we have a political and economic system that is...read more