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Nanotechnology in food reports – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 2nd, 2016.

Nanomaterials currently used in food additives and packaging do not appear to pose a health risk but we will need to keep an eye on newer materials in the pipeline, reports Trans-tasman food regulator. FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) has released two reports reviewing the evidence for the safety of nanotechnologies in food packaging and […]

Ultra-processed foods prevalent & unhealthy – research

John Kerr posted in on July 30th, 2015.

The most processed packaged foods are also the least healthy, according to new research examining hundreds of products sold in New Zealand supermarkets. The authors of the study, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, found that the large majority (83 per cent) of packaged products available fell into the category of  ‘ultra-processed.’ These products […]

Food packaging concerns raised – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on February 20th, 2014.

Two environmental scientists are warning that the synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage, and processing of foodstuffs might be harmful to human health over the long term. This is because most of these substances are not inert and can leach into the foods we eat, they say.  The paper ‘Food packaging and migration of […]

PODCAST: The science of food packaging hazards

Peter Griffin posted in on September 15th, 2010.

Food packaging consultant, expert witness, author and University of Queensland Professor Gordon Robertson delves into food packaging and its impact on food hazards in this presentation given yesterday at the New Zealand Food Safety 2010 conference held in Auckland. While packaging removes some hazards and makes food safer, can it introduce new problems? Issues examined […]

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