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|
|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.