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 permitted. FSANZ also misled its minister – Dr David Gillespie, the Chinese Government, and the public, by stating that members of its Scientific Nanotechnology Advisory Group (SNAG) supported its claims that the ingredient was safe – when they actually raised safety concerns.

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