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Nanoparticles in infant formula FOI briefing

In July 2017, independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous. Documents released under Freedom of Information laws show that our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) unilaterally ‘legalised’ the use of nano-hydroxyapatite (n-Ha) in baby formula after previously declaring it wasn’t...

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FSANZ misled minister regarding nanoparticles in baby formula

In July 2017, independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous. Now, documents released under Freedom of Information laws show that our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) unilaterally ‘legalised’ the use of nano-hydroxyapatite in baby formula after previously declaring it wasn’t...

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Documents reveal FSANZ misled minister regarding nanoparticles in baby formula

In July 2017, independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous. Now, documents released under Freedom of Information laws show that our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) unilaterally ‘legalised’ the use of nano-hydroxyapatite in baby formula after previously declaring it wasn’t...

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Scientists question the safety of nano-titanium dioxide in food

Last week scientists at a Nanosafety Forum hosted by the University of Sydney raised concerns about the continued use of nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) in food and called for the better regulation of nanomaterials. A number of recent studies have raised serious concerns about the potential toxicity of nano TiO2 in food. However, our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) continues to assert that it is safe and to...

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Confused about nanoparticles in baby formula?

We are not surprised. There have been a number of recent articles in the media slamming the recent independent testing Friends of the Earth commissioned and the concerns that we raised regarding the particles that we found. Just for clarity, the nanoparticles that internationally recognised nanometrologists from Arizona State University found were a very specific form of calcium phosphate – the needle like form of nano-hydroxyapatite. This...

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