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Challenging the Privatised University

Challenging the Privatised University

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Emerging technologies and corporate control

Emerging technologies and corporate control

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Another broken promise

Another broken promise

FSANZ fails to ensure the safety of foods containing nanomaterials

What is FSANZ hiding?

What is FSANZ hiding?

Our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has refused to release key documents regarding its decision to exclude nanomaterials from its current food packaging review, raising serious questions about what the agency is trying to hide. FSANZ is currently undertaking a review of the migration of chemicals from packaging into food. One of the areas they initially intended to examine was the migration of nanomaterials into food. This is particularly important because research indicates that there are significant health...

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New study shows nano sunscreen ingredients can harm sea urchins

New study shows nano sunscreen ingredients can harm sea urchins

A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that nano zinc oxide – used in many sunscreens and some toothpastes and beauty products—makes sea urchin embryos much more vulnerable to other environmental toxins. Nano-copper oxide found in boat paint had the same effect. The research follows other recent studies that have shown that nano sunscreen ingredients can harm coral and phytoplankton – which are the basis for the entire marine food chain. Researchers took white sea urchin embryos, which are...

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New paper on nano food packaging emphasises need for regulation

New paper on nano food packaging emphasises need for regulation

A new paper that reviews the scientific literature regarding the migration of nanomaterials from packaging into food has called into question Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)’s decision not to assess the migration of nanomaterials from packaging into food in its current food packaging review. The paper’s authors argue that “Government agencies and stakeholders must hurry to determine use limitations and release conclusive legislation as soon as possible since nano-food packaging may have great impacts on human health.” FSANZ has...

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New study finds nanomaterials affect human gut microflora

New study finds nanomaterials affect human gut microflora

A new study has found that metal oxide nanomaterials, such as titanium dioxide (TiO2), which is widely used in food, lollies, sunscreens and other cosmetics, “caused nonlethal, significant changes” to the microbial community in human gut. The scientists raised concerns that such changes “may be related to overall health effects.” The study estimates that over 15000 metric tons of titanium dioxide, 3700 metric tons of zinc oxide and 300 metric tons of cerium oxide nanoparticles enter wastewater systems with the majority of the nanoparticles...

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New studies show environmental and health risks of nanomaterials

New studies show environmental and health risks of nanomaterials

While the rate of commercialisation of products containing nanomaterials accelerates rapidly, the environmental, health and safety studies that should have been done before commercial release occurs are only slowly appearing. Two recent studies demonstrate how little we know about the potential risks associated with nanomaterials and how poorly our regulators are managing those risks. A recent US study looked at the extent of exposure and inhalation of airborne nanoparticles in indoor environments. The study found that approximately 10% of...

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