Australia is to ban the use of chemicals in foods, drinks and cosmetics.
The Federal Government announced the measures today in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Chemicals such as chlorinated bromide, which is widely used in household cleaning products and other products, will be banned from the cosmetics market and all other Australian cosmetics sales.
The move follows the ban on chlorinated hydrochloric acid, a common ingredient in household cleaners, which came into force on September 1.ABC News understands the ban will affect more than 500 products, including many in Australia’s major retailers, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.ABC senior business reporter Jonathon Wilson says the move could be a first step to tackling Australia’s pollution problems.
He says it will be a good step to tackle the problem of chlorinated gas, which was used in an explosion in a supermarket in February, which killed two people and injured five.
It will be the first time in Australia that there’s been a ban on a substance like this and it’s been around for years,” he says.”
But it is a major step towards a cleaner Australia.
“The Government is making this decision because it believes we are heading in the right direction in terms of clean products.
Australia has one of the highest rates of ozone pollution in the world and that’s a real problem and we need to address that.””
Chemicals are not only polluting the environment, they are also killing us.”
Chemical contaminants have been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer and respiratory diseases.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Chemical Council said it was reviewing the proposed ban and was still awaiting its full regulatory approval.
“Australian consumers have a right to know how their cosmetics are made and it is important that consumers have access to the most up-to-date information,” she said.
“It is important to remember that most of the chemicals used in cosmetics are safe.”
The Government has announced $4 billion in new funding for clean-up efforts, including a $500 million grant to the Australian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (ACSI).
Topics:health,food-and-beverage,environment,environmental-health,environment-management,australiaFirst posted March 16, 2021 12:36:49Contact Sarah-Kate HumbleMore stories from New South Wales