FOEA Emerging tech Project

US Government bans antimicrobial soaps – Australia should do the same

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the US Food and Drug Administration’s ban on antibacterial soaps containing ingredients such as triclosan because of evidence they can pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance. Louise Sales from Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said “ the continued use of potent antimicrobials such as triclosan and nano-silver in consumer products is contributing to a crisis that the World Health Organisation...

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FSANZ misleads the public on the health risks of nano-ingredients in food

Friends of the Earth is accusing our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) of misrepresenting the findings of two independent reports it commissioned on the safety of nanomaterials in food and food packaging. The reports were supposed to have been completed by June 2015 but were never released. On 27th May 2016 Friends of the Earth submitted an FOI request to FSANZ for these reports and associated documents. Six days after...

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Legal action prompts US regulator to regulate nano-silver while Australian regulators fail to

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to regulate nano-silver in consumer products as a result of a lawsuit filed by Center for Food Safety (CFS) in December last year. Meanwhile in Australia nano-silver products remain unregulated. Jeremy Tager, campaigner with Friends of The Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said “it is good news that nano-silver products will now require EPA review and approval before they are allowed to be...

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FSANZ fails to consider the safety of nanomaterials in food packaging review

In a stunning example of regulatory capture and ignoring the precautionary principle when it comes to protecting human health, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has decided not to assess the risks of the chemical migration of nanomaterials into food because it doesn’t know enough about them. In a consultation paper for its review of chemical migration from packing into food, FSANZ argued that “the risks associated with CMPF [chemical...

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US court warns of risks to toddlers of exposure to nano-silver – Friends of the Earth calls for immediate ban

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. Jeremy Tager, campaigner for the Friends of the Earth Nanotechnology Project, said “the court found that toddlers could absorb this untested nano coating through both the mouth and the...

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