FOEA Emerging tech Project

Urgent action needed to remove illegal nanoparticles from baby formula

Friends of the Earth has called on the Assistant Minister for Health David Gillespie to intervene after our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) revealed yesterday that it would take no action to remove infant formula products containing illegal and potentially dangerous nanoparticles from supermarket shelves. Jeremy Tager from Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said “when Friends of the Earth raised concerns...

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Illegal and potentially toxic nanoparticles found in baby formula: urgent recall needed

Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous. Three of the seven samples tested contained nano-hydroxyapatite particles. Nano-hydroxyapatite has been found to cause cell death in the liver and kidneys of rats and is prohibited from use in infant formula in Australia in any form. Friends of the Earth are...

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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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