The ACCC has refused to take action against two sunscreen ingredient manufacturers, Antaria and Ross Cosmetics, for misleading conduct, despite clear evidence that the two companies sold nanomaterials as ‘non nano’ and ‘nanoparticle free’. Some of Australia’s biggest sunscreen brands were misled by Antaria and Ross and repeated their non-nano claims – including products such as Cancer Council Classic, Invisible Zinc Junior and Body sunscreens, Coles Sports and Woolworths Clear Zinc.
A United States Court has found that toddlers are at risk from exposure to a nano-silver coating on clothing, carpets and blankets and has thrown out an approval given by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permitting unrestricted use of the coating.
The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) represents a significant risk to Australia, our environment, our health and our right to have decisions made in the public interest. It is yet another step in the ceding of power to corporate interests by our ‘leaders’.
A team of UK researchers have used an in vitro model to show that nanoparticles may be able to cross into the placenta. The research team, led by Margaret Saunders at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, UK, investigated a range of iron oxide and silica nanoparticles and concluded that they could transfer “extensively” across the placental barrier model. The results are consistent with previous animal studies that have shown placental transfer and foetal uptake of gold, radiolabelled carbon, silver, silica, titanium dioxide nanoparticles and quantum dots.