FOEA Emerging tech Project

Government’s deregulatory extremism puts public at risk

We are surrounded by regulation. Every moment of our waking and sleeping lives is populated with a vast regulatory network. There are thousands of regulations relating to our homes, our clothes, our foods, the way we drive, the places we work, the wages we receive, the super we contribute to, the environment we live in and depend on for life. Many of these regulations have saved lives and protected property and biodiversity. But regulation in...

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A Christmas wish

We don’t think it’s too much to ask. Neither do the Europeans. In fact earlier this month Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (MEPs) voted for a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food until have undergone safety assessments by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). And from last week nano-ingredients in food have to be clearly labelled. Australians should have the same right to know what’s in their food as...

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European MPs call for a moratorium on nano-foods while FSANZ does nothing

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (MEPs) last week voted for a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food until have undergone safety assessments by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The European MEPs recommended “special attention should also be paid to food packaging containing nanomaterials, to prevent them migrating into food. And in line with the precautionary principle, all novel food should also be...

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