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European ban on bisphenol A in baby bottles — expert reaction

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 29th, 2010.

The European Commission decided last week to bar use of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles. This follows a similar ban in Canada in 2008, and restrictions imposed in Denmark, France and some US states. The New Zealand Food Safety Authority’s most recent statement and backgrounder on BPA state that they are following […]

Podcast: Bill Marler – The true cost of Foodborne Illness

Peter Griffin posted in on September 17th, 2010.

William Marler, Managing Partner, Marler Clark, United States An accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert in foodborne illness litigation, Bill has been a major force in food safety policy in the united States and abroad. Bill began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of […]

Newsletter Digest: Earth science, food safety and Tim Flannery to visit

Peter Griffin posted in on September 10th, 2010.

A massive week for earth science Barely a week on from last Saturday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Canterbury, scientists have paused to outline what they have learned about the quake from examining the previously undiscovered fault and seismographic and GPS data that has been gathered in the region. Dr Ken Gledhill, Duty Seismologist at GNS […]

NZPA: Children pregnant women should avoid energy shots

Peter Griffin posted in on June 3rd, 2010.

Yesterday, the NZFSA put out its caffeine risk profile, particularly focusing on which (if any) elements of the population should try to limit their consumption of high-caffeine energy drinks and shots. Their advice remained as it had previously been: children, young teenagers, pregnant women and people sensitive to caffeine should minimise their consumption of these […]

NZFSA: Energy shots not for children and pregnant women

Peter Griffin posted in on June 2nd, 2010.

A scientific literature review undertaken by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority has found that energy shots and energy drinks which contain high levels of caffeine are not suitable for children, young adolescents, pregnant women and people sensitive to caffeine. The finding reaffirms the NZFSA’s existing advisory on caffeine, which when consumed in high doses […]

Melamine and its impact on the body

Peter Griffin posted in on September 17th, 2008.

Chinese officials continue to deal with the aftermath of over 1250 babies falling ill and two dying after consuming tainted milk powder sold by Sanlu, a Chinese manufacturer part-owned by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra. The scandal has led to worldwide scrutiny of Chinese milk products and revived worries about melamine, a chemical used in […]

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