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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FSANZ fails us again: risky nanoparticles found in baby formula

Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth US has found risky nanoparticles deemed unsafe for use in toothpaste in baby formula. Six samples of baby formula made by Gerber®, Enfamil®, Similac® and Well Beginnings™ – which are all available online in Australia – were tested. Four of the samples contained nanoparticles of hydroxyapatite. Furthermore, 100 per cent of the hydroxyapatite particles in the samples were nano...

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New study raises further questions about the safety of nanoparticles in food

Friends of the Earth has renewed its calls for a recall of food products containing nanomaterials following the release of a new study  which found that titanium dioxide (TiO2) in food is absorbed into the human bloodstream. The calls follow the release of independent testing results last week which found potentially harmful nanoparticles of titanium TiO2 and silica (SiO2) in a range of food products including M&Ms, Nestlé Coffee Mate...

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Independent testing finds potentially harmful nanoparticles in common food products

Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found potentially harmful nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silica (SiO2) in a range of food products including M&Ms, Nestlé Coffee Mate Creamer, Old El Paso Taco Mix and Woolworths Homebrand White Sauce. The silica and titanium dioxide in all 14 food products tested contained a high proportion of nanoparticles that have not been tested, labelled or approved for...

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