FOEA Emerging tech Project

Creation of world’s first artificial life from the lab a wake-up call to regulators

In an
article published in the journal "Science", a research team led by controversial US scientist-entrepreneur Craig Venter announced that it has created from scratch the world’s first synthetic organism. Yet despite fears that this latest feat in scientists ‘playing God’ presents unprecedented biosafety, security, ethical and legal challenges, the Australian government has no capacity to manage the new risks of synthetic biology.

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Updated Autumn 2010 Safe Sunscreen Guide released

Further to the release of our anonymous consumer survey of 140 sunscreen and cosmetics companies, FOEA has just published our updated autumn 2010 Safe Sunscreen Guide. The guide includes information on the use of nanoparticles, chemical UV absorbers and fragrances in Australian sunscreens and cosmetics containing sunscreens. For frequently asked questions and answers about nanoparticles used in sunscreens and cosmetics, click here.

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European Parliament says no to nanofoods – for now

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has affirmed its earlier vote to prohibit foods containing nanomaterials being sold in Europe until they undergo validated new risk assessment, are proven safe, are approved by ethical and environmental assessment and face mandatory labelling on products.

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Help get nano-foods labelled – make a submission to Australia’s labelling review, deadline 14 May

Are you concerned that nano-ingredients in foods sold in Australia don’t have to be labelled? Please make a submission to Australia’s national review of food labelling and add your voice to those calling for nano and GM ingredients in foods to face strict labelling to give us all a choice about eating them. Some dot points for you to consider including in your submission are below.

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Canada bans nano in organics

Following moves in the United Kingdom and Australia, Canada has taken action to ban the use of manufactured nanomaterials and nanotechnology in organics. The Organic and Non-GMO Report reveals that an amendment was added to Canada’s national organic rules banning nanotechnology as a “Prohibited Substance or Method.”

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