FOEA Emerging tech Project

OECD nanomaterial dossiers of “little to no value” in assessing risks

A new study, commissioned by CIEL, ECOS, and the Oeko-Institute shows that most of the information made available by the Sponsorship Testing Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is of little to no value for the regulatory risk assessment of nanomaterials. The study was published was published by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) based in Singapore. IOM screened the 11,500 pages of raw data of...

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Common food additive linked to cancer and auto-immune disease

A new peer-reviewed study on food grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) containing nanoparticles confirms that that there are serious potential health risks associated with consuming these particles and they should not be permitted in our food. The study undermines the position of our food regulator – Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) – which continues to insist that there is no evidence that nano-titanium dioxide can cause harm...

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Is nano-silica safe? – who knows?

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has found that there is inadequate data to conclude that the use of nano-silica in cosmetics is safe. And yet nano-silica is still being used – not only in cosmetics – but also in our food! The committee reached this conclusion in a recent safety assessment of four different types of nano-silica used in cosmetics. It stated that “more evidence is needed to...

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New study shows nano sunscreen ingredients can harm sea urchins

A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that nano zinc oxide – used in many sunscreens and some toothpastes and beauty products—makes sea urchin embryos much more vulnerable to other environmental toxins. Nano-copper oxide found in boat paint had the same effect. The research follows other recent studies that have shown that nano sunscreen ingredients can harm coral and phytoplankton – which are...

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New studies show environmental and health risks of nanomaterials

While the rate of commercialisation of products containing nanomaterials accelerates rapidly, the environmental, health and safety studies that should have been done before commercial release occurs are only slowly appearing. Two recent studies demonstrate how little we know about the potential risks associated with nanomaterials and how poorly our regulators are managing those risks. A recent US study looked at the extent of exposure and...

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