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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.

Confused about nanoparticles in baby formula?

Confused about nanoparticles in baby formula?

We are not surprised. There have been a number of recent articles in the media slamming the recent independent testing Friends of the Earth commissioned and the concerns that we raised regarding the particles that we found. Just for clarity, the nanoparticles that internationally recognised nanometrologists from Arizona State University found were a very specific form of calcium phosphate – the needle like form of nano-hydroxyapatite. This substance does not naturally occur in milk and the scientists concluded that it had been intentionally...

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Urgent recall of baby formula products needed

Urgent recall of baby formula products needed

Friends of the Earth has called on the Assistant Minister for Health David Gillespie to intervene after our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) revealed yesterday that it would take no action to remove infant formula products containing illegal and potentially dangerous nanoparticles from supermarket shelves. Take action: demand an urgent recall When Friends of the Earth raised concerns last year that illegal nano-ingredients could be being used in baby formula, FSANZ stated that they weren’t permitted in baby formula....

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Illegal and potentially toxic nanoparticles found in baby formula

Illegal and potentially toxic nanoparticles found in baby formula

Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous. Three of the seven samples tested contained nano-hydroxyapatite particles. Nano-hydroxyapatite has been found to cause cell death in the liver and kidneys of rats and is prohibited from use in infant formula in Australia in any form. Friends of the Earth are calling for an immediate recall of all affected brands – and for our food regulator –...

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FSANZ ignores evidence of nano titanium dioxide toxicity

FSANZ ignores evidence of nano titanium dioxide toxicity

According to a recent French peer-reviewed study, there are growing concerns that the use of nanoparticles in food is associated with an increased risk of chronic intestinal inflammation and cancer. The study found that consumption of food grade titanium dioxide (TiO2 – E171) containing nanoparticles caused pre-cancerous lesions in rats – raising serious questions about its use in food. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) recently completed a review of the study and concluded that...

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A national discussion on gene editing is urgently needed

A national discussion on gene editing is urgently needed

The Australian Academy of Sciences has joined a growing number of groups calling for a national discussion on a range of new genetic engineering techniques that are being referred to as gene editing. Our Federal regulator – the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) – is currently deciding how to regulate these techniques. However, most of the discussion so far has taken place between industry ‘experts’ behind closed doors. In order to catalyse discussion, the Academy released a discussion paper last week on gene drives. Gene...

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