Label All Irradiated Foods – Be Part of the Campaign!


Take action now! Go to the Do Gooder page to automatically email all relevant ministers. Make your own submission (instructions here) using our Sample Letter, or write your own.  Use the Labelling Review ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE sample responses document for ideas and sample answers.  Food irradiation is a cleanup technology used to cut costs and cover up industry’s poor management practices, including fruit fly… Read more »

Who wants to keep Aussies in the dark about food irradiation?


Food Irradiation: “It is now well established that irradiation does affect certain vitamins and other nutrients and does produce peroxides and other radiolytic by-products, some of which may be toxic and/or carcinogenic, and that these effects are dose related. “The available scientific evidence supports the use of irradiation as a biosecurity treatment for pet food only in exceptional circumstances. It… Read more »

Food Irradiation Labelling Under Threat


Your say: should irradiated food be labelled? Despite labelling being the global norm and the public demand for labelling, the government is considering removing mandatory labelling requirements for irradiated food.   Make a Submission Now!  Tell the Government NO to removing labelling! CLICK HERE Ministers responsible for food regulation have asked Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to review Standard… Read more »

How To: Make a Submission to the Food Irradiation Labelling Review


*Click Here To Take Action Now!  Do Gooder Campaign Page * FSANZ has now published its “consultation paper” and is inviting public input through an online questionnaire. Submissions are due by March 29. You can read the official documents here: Making a submission is easy: You can read up on food irradiation and the labelling review process here, then You can… Read more »

The 10 Facts You Should Know About Food Irradiation


Click each point for a full explanation: 1. Despite their appearance, irradiated fruits and vegetables are processed, not fresh. 2. As irradiation is invisible, without labelling, consumers will have no way to discern whether or not a product has been irradiated. Consumers will be misled into believing irradiated food is fresh or unprocessed. 3. Consumers have strong opinions on irradiated produce and expect… Read more »

The Facts on Food Irradiation and Labelling – Why You Should Be Concerned


What is food irradiation? Irradiation is the process of exposing food ionising irradiation to intentionally alter some characteristics of the produce to achieve extended shelf life and/or pest destruction. Numerous scientific studies have exposed the harmful effects of food irradiation. Irradiation causes vitamin and amino acid depletion in food. It changes the molecular structure of food potentially forming toxic chemicals linked… Read more »

Food Regulations Ministerial Council – Complete Address List

Food regulations must pass through the Ministerial Council before becoming law. Each state has at least one state MP on the Council. Let the ministers and decision makers know how you feel about irradiation labeling to help make a decision in favour of shoppers’ rights. Please send your message to your state or territory’s members as well as federal reps. Membership… Read more »

Should irradiated food be labelled?


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


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

Cat eating a meal Carsondelake [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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 »