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Nanoparticles in baby formula – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 3rd, 2017.

Experts say an environmental lobby group is misconstruing scientific evidence about the presence of nanoparticles in baby formula. The Sydney Morning Herald reported over the weekend on tests commissioned by Friends of the Earth that found the presence of nanoparticles in several Australian infant formula products. The advocacy group claimed the particles were potentially toxic. […]

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 […]

Nanotech risks require regulation

John Kerr posted in on October 12th, 2011.

A new opinion article in Cosmos magazine examines nanotechnology regulation – an issue which was the focus of a recent NZ government report. Nanotechnology is becoming more and more prevalent in our daily lives, but are there risks being overlooked? In the latest issue of Cosmos Magazine, the problems posed by this emerging technology are […]

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Is NZ’s regulation of nanomaterials adequate?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 6th, 2011.

Increasing use of nanotechnology in consumer products has sparked interest in whether the potential risks arising from the technology are correctly regulated. A report on nanotechnology regulation has just been released by the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The report was spurred by the Royal Society of New Zealand, which gathered scientists, regulators and other […]

Newsletter digest: Nanoparticle safety, NZ innovation, cellphone masts/radiation and soil carbon

Peter Griffin posted in on June 25th, 2010.

Concerns raised about nanoparticles Creating materials on the nanoscale is an area of science tipped to hold huge potential for everything from energy production to personalised healthcare. But some observers argue that industry is jumping the gun on releasing products containing nanoparticles before adequate research has been done into their safety. The New Zealand Herald […]

Experts on Sustainability Council’s nanoparticles report

Peter Griffin posted in on June 25th, 2010.

The Sustainability Council of New Zealand released a report this week looking at what it describes as the “rising tide of consumer products containing nanomaterials” that haven’t yet had risk assessments. News reports this week drawing on information contained in the report look specifically at cosmetics on sale in New Zealand that contain nanoparticles that […]

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