A recent report for Friends of the Earth claimed that potentially harmful nanoparticles had been detected in some infant formula products available in Australia and New Zealand. After reviewing the relevant data and consulting with their Scientific Nanotechnology Advisory Group, FSANZ has issued a response stating that there is no evidence to suggest the presence of these nanoparticles poses any risk to infant health and safety. FSANZ notes that hydroxyapatite, the main nanoparticle in question, is soluble in acidic environments such as the stomach, so will dissolve to release the essential minerals calcium and phosphate.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (2017). Nanoparticles and infant formula. July 2017. http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/foodtech/nanotech/Pages/Nanoparticles-and-infant-formula.aspx

 

The above items were taken from the August 2017 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra.

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