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Nanotechnology prohibited from Australian Certified Organic beauty products

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As the nation’s leading association regarding issues relating to the organic industry, the Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) aims to encourage an organic industry that is both sustainable and profitable by offering advice and support to its members. The Biological Farmers of Australia not only advocate the benefits of produce that is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but  recognise the importance of accurately  labelling to products to ensure the public are properly informed about what they may be purchasing.

Nanotechnology is increasingly being used in the manufacture beauty products, but irrespective of the benefits this technology may have to consumers, questions about the real and perceived risks to human health and safety continue to be asked. Last year the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) ruled that cosmetic companies were prohibited to display claims that their products were ‘not nano’ and any such labelling is removed.

Nanotechnology still remains in the development stages with research emerging to suggest that the use of nanomaterial may be harmful. Carla Oates, Biological Farmers of Australia representative, explains that without precise labelling customers are unable to make an informed and safe choice.

However, amid the uncertainty, the BFA are pleased to reassure consumers that they can guarantee that products displaying the Australian Organic Certified (ACO) ‘Bud’ logo do not contain nanomaterial, even though the label does not obviously make the claim.

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