Outraged by the revelations about potentially dangerous nano-ingredients in sunscreen, a group of Melbourne mums recently decided to take matters into their own hands and remove the offending products from supermarket shelves.
New testing from the National Measurement Institute (NMI) has revealed that many Australian sunscreen and cosmetic products still contain anatase titanium dioxide, despite years of warnings of its extreme potential to generate free radicals – which could damage DNA and protein.
For nearly a century we have used antimicrobials to wage a war on bacteria. We have learned to fight off these ‘enemies’ by using stronger and stronger antibiotics and other antimicrobial weapons. As bacteria have found ways to resist the lethal effects of one antimicrobial weapon, we have discovered and unleashed new antimicrobials.
The FoE Nano Campaign have found an unusual ally in union leader Paul Howes who has likened nanotechnology to asbestos and called for more research to ease fears that the growing use of nanoparticles could endanger manufacturing workers.
Nearly 6 months after Friends of the Earth lodged an ACCC complaint against Antaria for misleadingly marketing the product as ‘non-nano’, the company has finally admitted that its ZinClear IM sunscreen ingredient is a nanomaterial. The ACCC is due to make public its findings regarding the complaint shortly.