Outlook 2014/4

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pesticides in New Zealand baby food

According to a recent analysis of a government study, New Zea­land baby food contained nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe. The analy­sis results and the perceived risks to New Zealand babies were presented Thursday to the parliament in Wellington by Dr. Meriel Watts of the Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa and Alison White of the Safe Food Campaign. Their comments were in support of a 4,300-sig­nature petition presented to the New Zealand Parliament earlier this year calling for zero toler­ance of pesticides in baby food.


Horsemeat stop from Mexico to Europe

The horse slaughter industry has been dealt the biggest blow since The HSUS led the fight in Congress, the states, and fe­deral courts to shut down the three operating horse slaughter plants in the United States in 2007. Today’s game-changing news: the European Commis­sion has suspended the import of horsemeat from Mexico to the European Union (EU) due to food safety concerns.


European researchers work to develop biode­gradable dairy packaging

Since May 2014, The Tech­nological Institute of Plastic (AIMPLAS) in Valencia, Spain, has been coordinating research by seven companies and tech­nological centers to develop new materials to manufacture biodegradable packages for dairy products. The project is called BIOBOTTLE, and its aim is to create multilayer and mo­nolayer plastic bottles as well as bags to package dairy products, which in Europe are not requi­red to be separated from the organic waste at the end of their lifespan.


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