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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.

Civil society rejects GMOs at FAO meeting

Civil society rejects GMOs at FAO meeting

Civil society representatives firmly rejected genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as a means of addressing world food security at a recent Food and Agriculture Organization meeting in Malaysia. The event was funded by the pro-GM US, Canadian and Australian Governments. Civil society representatives from the Global South rejected the premise of the event that improved access to agricultural biotechnologies are needed to help defeat hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. The focus of the discussion was supposed to be on...

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Don’t let Monsanto get their way!

Don’t let Monsanto get their way!

The genetically modified (GM) crop industry is pissed off. It’s been over 20 years since the introduction of the first GM crops to Australia and the majority of our food remains GM free – because quite frankly we don’t want to eat GMOs. However, the GM crop industry has a plan. Aided and abetted by the Federal Government they have four key objectives this year: Ensure that new GM techniques such as CRISPR are not regulated as GMOs – so they can use them in our food with no safety testing and no labelling. Remove the ability of states to...

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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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