Author Archives: Food Irradiation Watch

Say NO to the Irradiation of Blueberries and Raspberries

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Irradiated superfoods? Say no to the irradiation of blueberries and raspberries! Once prohibited in Australia and New Zealand, irradiation is now being promoted here – primarily as a quarantine treatment – as a replacement for some post-harvest chemicals. Irradiation, however, brings its own risks to the table… Recent approvals for commonly eaten fruits and vegetables significantly increase the proportion of… Read more »

Label All Irradiated Foods – Be Part of the Campaign!

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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 »

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

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*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: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/labelling/review/Pages/Labelling-review-recommendation-34irradiation-labelling.aspx Making a submission is easy: You can read up on food irradiation and the labelling review process here, then You can… 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 »

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 »