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Labelling for imported products,
processing aids, GM foods and
food colouring are just some of
the main concerns highlighted
by the Biological Farmers of Australia
Ltd (BFA) in its submission to Food
Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
In the submission made to the
Department of Health and Ageing as part
of the Food Labelling Review, the BFA has
recently called for greater transparency
in labelling and more choice for
Standards Convenor Dr Andrew
Monk said the current arrangement for
imported products remained lax and
confusing for consumers.
when it comes to clear and simple choice
for consumers, a front of label 'Imported
Product' or 'Imported Ingredients' label
is required," he said.
"We also note the lack of transparency
in relation to processing aids which may be
present as breakdown products in packaged
items that have undergone sanitising washes
using products such as hypochlorite, a
commonly used pool cleaner."
Genetically modified (GM) foods were
also listed as a key concern when it came
to food labelling.
"BFA is a firm believer in consumer
choice. However, this choice remains
a charade while there is no provision
and requirement for the labelling of all
GM and GM derived products or ingredients
A new US study links organo
phosphorous pesticides to obesity
and type 2 diabetes, according to
the Biological Farmers of Australia
The peer reviewed study, published in
Environmental Health Perspectives, a journal
of the US National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences, investigated the effect of pre
and neonatal exposure to organophosphates
on hepatic cell signalling -- an important
metabolic development process in foetuses.
The findings point out the need to
explore the possibility that developmental
exposure to common chemical contaminants
contributes to the explosive worldwide
increase in diabetes and obesity.
The study follows other recent research
findings drawing links between pesticides,
ADHD and cancer. The US President's Cancer
Panel, in consultation with 45 experts, is now
calling for the government to do everything
within its power to remove carcinogens and
other toxins from food, air and water.
Biological Farmers of Australia Standards
Convenor, Dr Andrew Monk, says these
studies are further proof of the danger
surrounding pesticide exposure and the
benefits of organics.
"What this continues to tell us is what
in fact is common sense - that there remain
on labelling," said Dr Monk.
"Misleading claims in regards to food
colours and notions of 'natural' are not in
the spirit of labelling regulations as they
stand and are a serious potential breach
of consumer trust."
In its submission, the BFA also called
for the addition of "known and therefore
prescribed carcinogenic food colours in
foods, to be noted as such on labelling
information". The current provision of
three categories of additives, natural,
nature identical and synthetic, was
allowing the system to be abused. "We believe
the theme of informing consumers and
preventing misleading or deceptive marketing
claims is not yet adequately addressed by
current food labelling arrangements and
regulations," said Dr Monk.
Transparency Call Pesticides
many unknowns and doubts about synthetic
agents and products, but also now a growing
pool of evidence suggesting we should
be concerned about the consumption of
pesticide residues," he said.
"The cocktail effect of unknown impacts
of mixtures of synthetic chemicals is another
swampland of concern. Most of these
permutations of mixtures have never been
tested. This underlies the nature of reductive
science in its approach to testing the "safety"
of individual new chemistries that may be
created and put into our food supply. This
remains one of the many areas of unknowns."
Dr Monk believes that organic food offers
people the choice to minimise the harm
caused by these chemicals and pesticides.
"It comes down to consumers making a
choice as to whether they wish to actively be
part of a 50 year food experiment, or whether
they value their health and safety sufficiently
to invest in foods which are becoming
confirmed as better for them. Certified
organic produce gives them that choice."
Nutritionist Nicole Senior said the study
highlighted the need for further research into
the theory of "foetal origins of disease" which
suggests that conditions in utero can create
an "imprint" for disease later in life.
"While this study was conducted in rats
and not immediately applicable to humans, it
does suggest a possible mechanism whereby
an environmental toxin could influence
metabolic health, and points to potential risk
that needs further investigation," Ms Senior
For more information on the study,
click here <http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/
References: Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle
(AusDiab) study 1999/2000 <http://www.diabetes.com.
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