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Australia, your food is Radioactive! March 02, 2005 12:09 AM

Hello fellow friends,

In a recent article in the New Vegetarian magazine I was exposed to the facts of food irradiation.

What is Food Irradiation? It is a process of sterilising food with highly radioactive material such as Cobalt 60 or Cesium 137, waste products of nuclear reactors. The food goes through a radiation chamber where it is exposed to gamma (ionising) radiation, equalling the exposure of 1 billion chest xrays. This process is supposed to "destroy harmful micro-organisms".

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) in April 2000, gave premission to irradiate herbs, spices, herbal teas, black teas, oil seeds and nuts. Another company has also been given permission to irradiate tropical fruits (mango, papaya, litchi, longan etc).

Packaged irradiated foods are to be labelled, but it is not clear how loose items such as fruits are to be labelled.

Labelling is misleading in itself. Hilde Hemmes Herbal teas state " treated with ionising electrons to destroy harmful microorganisms".

The International Radura symbol may also be added to the product, it resembles a budding flower, how sweet!

Tests in the 1950's of wheat irradiation on mice, rats , monkeys and malnourished children in Indiahave proven a huge range of health dangers, for example, Cancer, DNA damage, still births, internal haemorrhaging, radiactivity, genetic mutations to name a few.

I would be extremely grateful if we could get the word out there for people to sign this petition.

To express your concern contact;


PO BOX 7186

Canberra MC ACT 2610


Phone 02 6271 2241 , fax: 02 6271 2278

Ask your local food outlets if they are stocking irradiated food.

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 March 02, 2005 12:23 AM

I looked into this a while back. From my understanding they expose the food to radiation, but the food doesn't remain radioative. It's like exposing something to sunlight - once you stop exposing it it doesn't start emitting light.  [ send green star]
 March 02, 2005 3:57 PM

hmmmm, thanks for the info, i was aware of it but never looked into it further.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Radioactivity March 02, 2005 6:50 PM

This is taken from the scientific studies:

Radioactivity.".... considerable amounts of radioactivity were present in liver, kidney, stomach, gastrointestinal tract and blood serum of rats sacrificed at 3 and 15 hours.......

Radioactivity was present in urine and faeces samples collected from all animals.

Whether the food remained radioactive or not, we findmany changes occur to foods when they arn't eaten in pure raw form. This goes for cooking as well. We know the more cooked or processed foods are, the less nutritional value there is. Food tampering, such as nuclear material exposure, will obviously alter the food in a way worse then just temperature.

Either way, I don't like the idea that the liver herbs I had been taking for some time, unknown to me, were irradiated with nuclear waste. Defeating the purpose I think.

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 March 02, 2005 7:04 PM

Are there any more recent studies on the health implications of irradiated food?  [ send green star]
More Info March 07, 2005 3:06 AM

Here are some related articles. :}

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 March 09, 2005 8:45 AM

G'day all

Chill out Kylie at

The Irish Sea is polluted with plutonium from the English Lake District European "we take all" waste atomic energy plant.

We here on the Isle of Man still have the best kippers in the world, the most basking sharks and those with no hair need no lights - they radiate that much

Australia has a long way to go to catch up on OUR radiation and we can't do a thing about it as we don't belong to Pommieland

Yes - we have no Queen, the world's oldest continuously democratic parliament (Tynwald) and our own offshore tax system that hits nobody with more than 20% at the very worst. We have no capital gains taxes, no estate duties, hardly any crimeand no paedophiles (they can't swim apparently)

Today we were the only part of the British Isles with blue sky, no clouds, sun, no wind and 6c

But I still want to live in my beloved West Oz - Need a Lotto win first though or to get an eastern look.

Greetings to goodonyaland from the middle of the Irish Sea


"I was born with nothing and still have most of it"

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 September 06, 2005 11:50 PM


Wednesday, 7 September 2005

Greens call on Prime Minister to rule out licensing nuclear power plants

The Australian Greens today called on Prime Minister John Howard to rule
out changing federal laws which currently prohibit the licensing of
nuclear power plants in Australia.

Senator Kay Patterson, representing the health minister, confirmed
during Question Time today that it is currently unlawful to license a
nuclear power plant, under the Australian Radiation Protection and
Nuclear Safety Act 1998.

But she refused to guarantee the government would not change the law to
permit nuclear power plants to be licensed.

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson Senator Christine Milne
said that, given recent comments by several ministers and peak industry
bodies in support of nuclear power for Australia, the Prime Minister
must now rule out the nuclear option.

"The fact that Senator Patterson welcomed a national debate about
nuclear power in spite of the fact that it is illegal and refused to
rule out amending the Act to allow nuclear power plants to be licensed
in Australia suggests the government is leaving open this option,"
Senator Milne said.

"Nuclear power is never the answer to climate change. It cannot be
discussed without reference to weapons of mass destruction and waste.

"Nuclear power is uneconomical without huge public subsidies, it
generates toxic waste and it accounts for such a small proportion of
energy generation that it cannot make any serious contribution to
reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Government support for nuclear power is designed to legitimise the
export of uranium to China and to promote large uranium mining
interests, in particular BHP Billiton, which is searching for new
markets for its expanding Roxby Downs mine in South Australia.

"If the government wants to address climate change it needs to redirect
subsidies and grants to favour the renewable energy sector and support
the expansion of energy efficiency."

Senator Milne addressed these issues during the Matters of Public
Interest debate today. A copy of her speech is available on request.

Contact: Katrina Willis 02 6277 3063 or 0437 587 562

Katrina Willis
Office of Senator Christine Milne
Ph: 03 6234 4566
0437 587562
Fax: 03 6234 2144


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 September 19, 2005 12:21 PM

More signatures needed  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 19, 2005 12:27 PM

Here's the petition

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 September 20, 2005 6:12 PM

All signed!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 27, 2005 3:05 AM

Latest at Food Irradiation Watch :::


Do you want to be listed in the FIWatch 2005 Irradiation-Free Food Guide?

In August 2005 FI Watch sent out thousands of surveys to food producers all over Australia to find out what their irradiation practices are. In December we will lauch our first ever "Irradiation-Free Food Guide" for consumers. Based on the popular Greenpeace True Foods Guide, our guide will help food consumers make better informed decisions about the foods they eat.

See here for more info

NEWSLETTER:Food Irradiation Eye: Keeping an eye on food irradiation in Australia

NEW! September-October 2005 [pdf file]

July-August 2005 [pdf file]

Winter "Food Supplement" [pdf file]

February 2005 download here [pdf file]

Food Irradiation Fact Sheets NEW!

Irradiation Myths [pdf file]

What is Irradiation?<a href="htt

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Wow October 04, 2005 6:12 PM

I'm in CO, US, but have an interest in Australian history and culture. I have heard of them irradiating food here, also, to prevent insects from spreading across state lines or some such thing. Are there any proven benefits? What "harmful micro-organisms" are they trying to kill anyways?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hmmm.... October 04, 2005 6:14 PM

I don't know what made the post show up three times, but I realized that I was rather vague; I should have said Colorado (a western state), in the United States. Sorry.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 04, 2005 6:15 PM

Thanks, we have rules about that sort of thing.  [ send green star]
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