In New Zealand there are 18 additives in our food, approved by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, that are banned overseas.

Some of the additives have side effects including nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, skin rashes, breathing problems and other allergic reactions. Others cause cancer in animals.

No long term testing is done on these additives or on the cocttail effect created by combining them.

In 1996, an agreement to establish one joint food setting system between Australia and New Zealand came into force to “harmonise” food standards between the two countries.

The agreement contains provisions which allow New Zealand to opt out of a joint standard for exceptional reasons relating to health, safety, environmental concerns or cultural issues.

More than 4,000 additives are added to the food we eat in New Zealand compared with the 3,000 added to foods sold throughout North America.

In 2012 Sue Kedgley made a call that it was about time NZ established it’s own food standards authority, independent of Australia.

The 18 additives include 14 colours, 3 antioxidants and acidity regulators and 1 sweetener.

The 14 colours include:

Code Name Banned or restricted in other countries
102* Tartrazine UK, EU, previously banned in Norway
104* Quinoline Yellow UK, EU, USA, Japan, Canada, previously banned in Norway
110* Sunset Yellow UK, EU, previously banned in Norway
122* Azorubine, Carmoisine UK, EU, USA, Canada, Japan, previously banned in Norway
123 Amaranth USA, previously banned in Norway
124* Ponceau, Brilliant Scarlet UK, EU, USA, previously banned in Norway
127 Erythrosine previously banned in Norway
129* Allura Red UK, EU, previously banned in Norway
132 Indigotine previously banned in Norway
133** Brilliant Blue previously banned in Norway
142 Green S USA, Japan, Canada, previously banned in Norway
153 Carbon Black
151 Brilliant Black USA, Canada, Japan, previously banned in Norway
155 Brown HT USA, Canada, Japan, previously banned in Norway

 

From Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Additives Numerical List – http://www.foodstandards.gov.au (accessed April 2009) and updated in the NZ Herald Friday Oct 26 2012 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10842973

The three antioxidants and acidity regulators include:

320 Butylated hydoxyanisole, 342 ammonium phosphates (ingredient in some fertilizers) and 349 ammonium mate (acidity regulator).

The one sweetener is 952 Cyclamic acid.