New Zealand Food Authority)
TO INCLUDE HERBS, SPICES, NUTS, OILSEEDS AND TEAS
OF FOOD IN THE AUSTRALIAN FOOD STANDARDS CODE
are two stages of public consultation which form part of the
application review process, in regard to Steritech Pty. Ltd.'s
abovementioned application. The
first stage has closed.
at March 22, ANZFA state it will be July, 2001 before the second stage
check the ANZFA website on a regular basis to ensure that the second
round of public consultation is not brought forward. The website
address is www.anzfa.gov.au.
Use their search facility to find "food irradiation"
as it is not shown on their home page.
Check also the last day for lodging your objections and the
relevant points to be addressed.
write, fax or phone ANZFA for this information (address and numbers as
Project Manager - Application A413
Australian New Zealand Food Authority
P.O. Box 7186
(02) 6271 2278
(02) 6271 2222
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& New Zealand Food Authority
P.O. Box 7186,
CANBERRA. MC ACT.
Application A413 - Irradiation of Herbs, Spices, Nuts, Oil
Seeds and Teas
strongly object to the above application on the following grounds:
associated with the groups of foodstuffs included under Application
A413 are opposed to irradiation of their products.
does not necessarily kill all the micro-organisms that can cause
illness, and it can leave intact the toxins they produce.
at the last stage of production, irradiation masks dirty processing
and handling methods and unacceptably high levels of bacterial
contamination prior to "treatment".
studies have shown that irradiated food poses serious risks to health
in that the process results in the following:
of mutant bacteria
depletion of vitamins, polyunsaturated fats and amino acids
chromosomal damage in animals and humans
frequency of cell mutations
frequency of tumours, reduced survival rate and other health problems in animals
carcinogens and other toxins in food
of Unique Radiolytic Products such as 2-DCB (2-dodecylcyclobutanone),
which clearly causes cellular and genetic damage in human and rat cells. This is a radiation
by-product of a fatty acid found in peanuts
(as well as many other foods)
to health and the environment from haulage, plant usage and
storage of highly radioactive Cobalt 60.
view of the foregoing, effective methods other than irradiation
(including e-beam accelerators), should be investigated in relation to
sterilisation and disinfestation.