High risk, unlabelled foods, food packaging, kitchenware and agriculture products are on sale now. Despite growing evidence that many of the nanomaterials now in use by the food industry pose new toxic risks, nanofoods remain effectively unregulated. And because food companies don't have to label nano ingredients, there is no way to know which foods now contain nano, or for people to choose whether or not to eat nanofoods.
Call for unsafe, untested, unlabelled nano to be kept out of food
Email Innovation Minister Greg Combet (responsible for nanotechnology) and Catherine King (Parliamentary Secretary for Health, responsible for food). Let these Federal Ministers know that you are concerned about the sales of untested, unlabelled nanofoods. Please ask them to halt the sale of nanofoods until: 1) All nano ingredients in food and other products go through new safety testing before they are allowed to be sold; and 2) All nano ingredients are labelled to give people the ability to make a choice about whether or not they want to eat nanofoods or use nanoproducts.
Minister Greg Combet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine King: email@example.com
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For 5 years now, Friends of the Earth Australia's Nanotechnology Project has played a key role in bringing the social challenges, health and environment risks associated with nanotechnology to the attention of decision makers, and in calling for the public to be involved in decision making. But to keep making a difference, we need your financial support. Friends of the Earth Australia is a non-profit incorporated association. We operate off the smell of an oily rag and our work relies on the financial support of individuals of conscience. If you support our work, we'd encourage you to make a donation.
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