Toxic chemicals find way through the law
LABELLING law loopholes are just one of the ways the world works against those wanting to remove toxic chemicals from their lives.
Since hepatitis A contaminated blueberries found their way on to supermarket shelves last month, consumers might pay more attention to their food’s place of origin.
But nutritional and environmental toxicologist Peter Dingle, who talked in Monto last year, warned labels did not always tell the full story and said foods sprayed with herbicides and pesticides banned in Australia had found their way onto supermarket shelves.
“Literally anything out of New Zealand, you would have no idea where it really came from,” he said.
“Because if foods are imported to New Zealand from somewhere else and processed in New Zealand and then imported to Australia, New Zealand will be the only country on the label.”