Toxic chem­i­cals find way through the law

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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