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Stop Food Irradiation Alliance: (07) 3358 3813 or 0411 11 8737

COBALT BLUE CONVOY

AUGUST 12th 2001

CONVOY, COBALT 60 RELAY, & PUBLIC MEETING

SAY NO TO THE FOOD IRRADIATION PLANT

from Reactor to Refrigerator VIA Brisbane and Narangba

Join the motorcade and parade to the Narangba Industrial Estate, where Irradiation Company Steritech is planning to build a NUCLEAR IRRADIATION FACILITY to IRRADIATE FOOD.

Cobalt - 60, a highly radioactive material made in Canadian Nuclear Reactors, will be transported to Narangba and used to sterilize food with Gamma Radiation.

The Cobalt Blue Convoy will travel down the hazardous material transport route from Brisbane to Narangba in Caboolture Shire, arriving in time to participate in a tour of the proposed Irradiation site and a public meeting on Food Irradiation.

The Convoy and Tour will highlight the fact that

THE TIME TO RESPOND IS NOW!



DEMAND A TOTAL BAN ON FOOD IRRADIATION,

TELL BEATTIE THAT STATE LAND IS OUR LAND-

NO NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENTON STATE LAND,

TELL CABOOLTURE SHIRE THAT "NUCLEAR FREE" MEANS

NO IRRADIATION PLANT AT NARANGBA!


So .. Decorate your vehicle with a Cobalt-60 radioactive theme and

Join the Anti-Radioactive Convoy

AUGUST 12 (SUNDAY) 2001



ITINERARY


Meeting Place: DAVIES PARK, WEST END (inside park off Jane St. near Souths Leagues Club)

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - Decorate Vehicles
Media Welcome: 10:30 AM - photo opportunity
Depart West End: 11:00AM-drive or cycle along radioactive transport route

Arrive Narangba Industrial Estate: 13:30 - bring your lunch and re/ax


PUBLIC TOUR OF INDUSTRIAL ESTATE & STERITECH SITE: 1400

PUBLIC MEETING: 15:30 ON SITE (in case of rain Narangba Community Hall)


OR make your own way to the Narangba Industrial Estate and join the site tour and/or public meeting! Tour starts at Packer's Tannery on Boundary Rd. and finishes at Krause Rd.

Public meeting will be held at Krause Rd.

Why not start a convoy from you own area!?!


For more information: Stop Food Irradiation Alliance: (07) 3358 3813 or 0411 11 8737

Email: enuffalreadybris@telstra.easymail.com.au
Sitetour info: (07) 3888 5287


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UPDATE-FOOD IRRADIATION LICENCE APPLICATION

You can make a difference!


There have been a number of articles in the papers lately about ANZFA and their Draft Assessment Report on Steritech's Application A413 to irradiate herbs, spices, herbal infusions peanuts, cashews, almonds and pistachio nuts.

They have called for submissions from the public. If there is enough of an outcry from the consumers then it may be possible to halt this and our hope is that if Steritech cannot get a licence to irradiate food then perhaps they might have second thoughts about setting up at Narangba.

A number of government bodies and large businesses have stated they are opposed to food irradiation but there are just as many in support of it including some from overseas.

You can make a difference by putting in your comments!


You can write to ANZFA at P.O. Box 7186, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2619.
OR
E-mail them at www.anzfa.gov.au/foodstandards/applications/applicationa413/irrad614.cfm and click on web comments/feedback at the bottom of the page.

MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUGUST 15TH


If you are stuck for comments, you might like to use some of these:

  • Labelling will not be policible. Labels will be removable & retailers may chose to remove label to sell product

  • Australian already has excellent food safety practices, why then do we need disinfestation, decontamination etc. - it will cause a decline in safe hygiene practices.
  • Irradiation should not be but will be used as a substitute for good manufacturing practices.
  • My rights, as a consumer not wishing to eat food that has been irradiated, will be eroded because food purchase over the counter containing irradiated products would not be able to be labelled.
  • Nutritional value of food irradiated decreases.
  • Will cause a monopoly to develop in favour of Steritech who own all the irradiation facilities.
  • 600 people at a meeting at Narangba on April 20 voted against food irradiation and 3 in favour.
  • Given a choice, Australians do not want their foods irradiated.
  • There are no studies which indicate consumption of irradiated foods is safe over the long term.
  • How many generations before the serious effects are evident.
  • US's own FDA toxicological study found all irradiated foods studied to be either scientifically deficient or unable to meet the FDA's own standards.
  • Known carcinogens and other chemicals which are unknown or do not occur naturally in the food are created by food irradiation.
  • Keep Australia "Clean and Green" - no food irradiation.
  • Chemicals found in irradiated food can cause genetic mutations (latest German study)
  • 2-DCB, a chemical found in irradiated foods is known to cause significant DNA damage.
  • The risks far outweigh the benefits.
  • Food Irradiation will result in the building of more nuclear facilities, transport of nuclear fuel through our streets, and the need for more storage facilities for nuclear waste. Keep this insidious industry out of this country. Risks to the environment & consumer health.
  • Unproven technology.
  • Irradiation conceals contamination and unscrupulous manufacturers may attempt to irradiate & replace on the market foods that have been deemed unfit for human consumption.


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