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Antibacterial products banned in the US – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 6th, 2016.

A substance found in many antibacterial consumer products – like handsoaps and toothpaste – has been banned from some products in the United States because of its environmental effects. New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month accepted an application from the Green Party to consider grounds for reassessing triclosan. The Science Media Centre asked […]

Rat food contamination study questioned – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 3rd, 2015.

A new study reports that the near-ubiquitous contamination of  ‘chow’ used to feed rats in experiments maybe causing spurious results in toxicology studies. However independent experts say the results may in fact show the opposite –  that there is no cause for concern. The study, published today in PLOS ONE, examined GMO content and the […]

The toxicology of 1080 – Ian Shaw

John Kerr posted in on March 13th, 2015.

Writing in the Press, Prof Ian Shaw clearly lays out the toxicology of 1080, the pest control poison that is making headlines after an unknown person threatened to use it to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand. An excerpt (read in full here): How toxic is 1080? Professor Ian Shaw explores why and how 1080 […]

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Synthetic cannabis deaths in Australia – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 15th, 2015.

Two Australian men have died after suspected poisoning from a batch of synthetic cannabis. A 33-year old man from Queensland has died, and a second 41-year old man who was in critical condition has now also died, after suspected poisoning from a batch of synthetic cannabis. Both men fell ill in Mackay, in central Queensland, […]

Prof Ian Shaw on dangerous dust

John Kerr posted in on November 11th, 2014.

Writing in the Press, University of Canterbury toxicology Professor Ian Shaw outlines the risk associated with dust thrown up by the ongoing rebuild in Christchurch. An excerpt (read in full here): As we reshape our city and demolish a large number of buildings in the process we are creating a gritty, dusty environment that is […]

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Controversial GM study republished – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on June 25th, 2014.

A controversial retracted study on the toxicology of genetically modified corn and pesticide has been republished in a new journal. In 2012, a study was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology by Séralini et al. titled “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize.” The authors of the study claimed […]

Synthetic cannabinoid consequences – Prof Ian Shaw

John Kerr posted in on May 12th, 2014.

Professor Ian Shaw, a toxicologist at the University of Canterbury, gives a crash course in synthetic cannabis chemistry and addiction in an opinion article in the Press. An excerpt (read in full here): Drugs must be tested on animals OPINION: Toxicologist IAN SHAW explores the “legal high” debate and looks at how the products activate […]

Alleged chemical weapons in Syria – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 26th, 2013.

Following allegations that the Syrian army used chemical weapons in Damascus, the government has allowed UN inspectors to investigate the suspected location. The concession to the UN comes after unconfirmed video showing victims of the suspected chemical attack emerged on the internet. Our colleagues at the Australian SMC collected the following expert commentary. Feel free […]

GM feeding study in pigs – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 13th, 2013.

A study examining the long-term health effects in pigs of a diet containing genetically modified crops has been published this week in the Journal of Organic Systems. The 168 pigs in the study were fed a diet of either GM or non-GM corn and soy over the course of their normal commercial lifespan (just over […]

Melamine leaching from plastic tableware – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 22nd, 2013.

Tableware made from melamine-containing plastics may leach some of the compound into food if it is served hot, according to new research. However independent experts are unsure of what health impact – if any – such small doses could have. In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Taiwanese researchers measured the  the melamine […]

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