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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This time FSANZ has gone too far!

Our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has misrepresented 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 the request was filed FSANZ...

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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 take action

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. It is good news that nano-silver products will now require EPA review and approval before they are allowed to be sold in the US. This is an important first step towards ensuring consumer safety. We...

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