Should irradiated food be labelled?

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Ministers responsible for food regulation have asked Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to review Standard 1.5.3 – Irradiation of Food, specifically to: assess the need for the mandatory labelling requirement for all irradiated food to continue, and assess whether there is a more effective approach to communicate the safety and benefits of irradiation to consumers. Our thoughts: The irradiation… Read more »

Unlabelled Irradiated ‘fresh’ fruits and vegetables: False, Misleading and Deceptive

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We have been advised that on January 18 FSANZ will release the “Consulatation Paper” in response to Blewitt Recommendation 43 for the “review” of mandatory labelling of irradiated foods. We expect that the public will have until mid-March to respond to this paper. We hope that in the spirit of the words “consultation” and “review”, the discussion paper will present… Read more »

RSPCA Australia Supports Ban on Irradiated Pet Foods

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RSPCA Australia has supported a ban on irradiation of cat pet food and is opposed to pet food irradiation generally: RSPCA Australia’s position is that pet food should not be irradiated. Currently there is a ban on the irradiation of imported cat food and we commend the Minister for implementing this ban. This ban followed scientific evidence and the recent ‘Orijen cats’… Read more »

Research from Adelaide University Finds Food Labelling Inaquate

Nutritional information and ingredient lists on labelling are strongly regulated.  However, claims of ethical standards are not regulated by the government.  Free Range standards for example, do exist, however they are not regulated by government and one Free Range standard may mean quite a different thing to another Free Range standard. Senior research associate Dr Heather Bray of Adelaide University said a… Read more »

FOE Press Release: Independent testing finds illegal and potentially harmful nanoparticles in common food products

Thursday, 17th September 2015 Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found potentially harmful nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silica (SiO2) in a range of food products including M&Ms, Nestlé Coffee Mate Creamer, Old El Paso Taco Mix and Woolworths Homebrand White Sauce. The silica and titanium dioxide in all 14 food products tested contained a high… Read more »

Nanoparticles Found in Australian Food Products

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The consumer and environment advocacy group Friends of the Earth has commissioned independent research that confirms nanoparticles of titanium dioxide and Silica in a range of food products.  Foods known to be affected so far include M&Ms, Nestlé Coffee Mate Creamer, Old El Paso Taco Mix and Woolworths Homebrand White Sauce. In light of statements by Food Safety Australia and New… Read more »

Take Action on Food Labelling!

Our food regulator, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is failing to ensure that the food we eat is safe and properly labelled so that we can make informed choices. FSANZ consistently puts the interests of big business before public health. The agency has allowed the rapid introduction of new ingredients with minimal or no testing – including genetically modified… Read more »

Say NO! to Irradiated Cocktail

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is recommending the irradiation of apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, honeydew, rockmelon, strawberries, table grapes, zucchini and squash – the latest move to expand the use of irradiation on fresh produce in Australia. This means that a large part of our fresh food diet can potentially be irradiated, increasing the risks to human… Read more »

News: Apples, Grapes, Strawberries and Other Popular Fruits Could Soon Be Treated With Irradiation

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is recommending apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, honeydew, rockmelon, strawberries, table grapes, zucchini and squash be permitted in the latest expansion of the use of irradiation on fresh foods in Australia. NOW is the time to write a submission. “The treatment is already approved for tomatoes, capsicums, persimmons, herbs and spices, herbal infusions… Read more »