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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.

Dr Michael Antoniou is visiting Australia

Dr Michael Antoniou is visiting Australia

In late March, Dr Michael Antoniou, Reader in Molecular Genetics at King’s College London School of Life Sciences will be visiting Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. He is here to discuss his concerns with a range of new genetic engineering techniques that the Federal Government is currently proposing not to regulate. If the Government deregulates these techniques anyone from amateur biohackers – to industry – would be free to use them to genetically modify plants, animals and microbes. And they could enter our food chain and our environment...

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OECD nanomaterial dossiers of “little to no value” in assessing risks

OECD nanomaterial dossiers of “little to no value” in assessing risks

A new study, commissioned by CIEL, ECOS, and the Oeko-Institute shows that most of the information made available by the Sponsorship Testing Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is of little to no value for the regulatory risk assessment of nanomaterials. The study was published was published by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) based in Singapore. IOM screened the 11,500 pages of raw data of the OECD dossiers on 11 nanomaterials, and analysed all characterisation and toxicity data on three...

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Common food additive linked to cancer and auto-immune disease

Common food additive linked to cancer and auto-immune disease

A new peer-reviewed study on food grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) containing nanoparticles confirms that that there are serious potential health risks associated with consuming these particles and they should not be permitted in our food. The study undermines the position of our food regulator – Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) – which continues to insist that there is no evidence that nano-titanium dioxide can cause harm when ingested. Food-grade titanium dioxide is approved as a white pigment (E171) in common foods...

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160 global groups call for a moratorium on gene drives

160 global groups call for a moratorium on gene drives

Cancun, Mexico – This week, international conservation and environmental leaders are calling on governments at the 2016 UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) to establish a moratorium on the controversial genetic extinction technology called gene drives. Gene drives, developed through new gene-editing techniques- are designed to force a particular genetically engineered trait to spread through an entire wild population – potentially changing entire species or even causing deliberate extinctions. The statement urges governments to put in place...

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GM techniques are potential WMDs and need to be regulated

GM techniques are potential WMDs and need to be regulated

Proposed changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations would deregulate new genetic modification (GM) techniques deemed “weapons of mass destruction and proliferation” in the annual worldwide threat assessment report of the U.S. intelligence community. Several of the options outlined in the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator OGTR’s discussion paper released last week would leave dangerous new GM techniques such as CRISPR-Cas unregulated. If the OGTR deregulates these new GM techniques anyone from amateur biohackers – to...

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