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FAILSAFE special

 

Newsletter of the Food Intolerance Network of Australia

November 1999

 

FAILSAFE supports families using the low-chemical elimination diet recommended by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - free of additives, low in salicylates, amines and flavour enhancers - for health, behaviour and learning problems.

Failsafe is now available free by email. Just send your email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

UPDATE ON FOOD ADDITIVES

 

The proposal to relax restrictions on the use of food additives (see FAILSAFE #11) is not finalised. Four unknown ministers have yet to vote.

So there is still time to contact health ministers. You could ask them to vote against the Australian New Zealand Food Authority's proposal "P150 A Joint General Standard for Food Additives".

You might like to mention some of the following points:

* 50 additives have been found to affect health and behaviour.

* Every time one of these additives is used, someone, somewhere will be affected.

* Reactions to food additives are dose-related and cumulative. P150 proposes to allow additives in higher doses and/or more foods which means more people will be affected.

* Children are the most vulnerable.

* Twice as many women are affected as men.

* The food industry could choose to affect as few people as possible by minimising the use of these additives. Instead they are choosing to affect as many as possible.

* Use of these additives should be reduced, not increased.

* Your experiences - yourself, your children, your students

 

Comments from individuals are important. Your request will be even more effective if you represent a group, eg preschool, childcare centre, family day care, school, women's group, support group, breastfeeding group, church group, food intolerance group, playgroup, health centre, scout group, sporting club, community organisation - anyone who is concerned about the health and welfare of our children.

Our experience is that consumers are outraged about this proposal. They feel they have not been consulted. Email, fax (see below) or write (c/- Parliament House, Capital City) to the health ministers. And spread the word. If you'd like to distribute copies of our pamphlet "Use of food additives to increase" please contact the FINA office, fx 08 8942 3099,

Wendy Edmond, QLD: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 07 3229 4731

John Thwaites, VIC: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 03 9616 8566

John Day, WA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 08 9213 6601

Dean Brown, SA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 08 8207 1950

Judy Jackson, TAS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 03 6223 8033

Craig Knowles, NSW: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 02 9228 3716

Stephen Dunham, NT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 08 8999 6966

Michael Moore ACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 02 6205 0431

Michael Wooldridge,FED: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 02 6273 4146

Wyatt Creech NZ: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 0011 644 471 2936

Senator Grant Tambling (committee chairman): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. fx 08 8981 3022

 

The responses from Health Ministers and shadow Ministers to FINA's letters about food additives can be provided.

New email support group

 

There are now mothers from four countries in our new email discussion and support group, sharing their failsafe recipes, successes, laughs and dramas from how to obtain failsafe food and what icing sugar is called in the USA to how to change your school's policy on junk food.

 

To join, http://fedup.com.au/information/support/email-support-groups You will receive every message posted by group members. To contribute, press reply. How to unsubscribe details are on the foot of each message.

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This newsletter available free by email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail for $10 per year from PO Box 85 Parap NT 0804. Thanks to Margie Turner, Ashley, Kerry, Deborah Halliwell, Melita Stevens, and reader reports. © Sue Dengate (text). Further reading: The Simplified Elimination Diet from dietitians, Fed Up by Sue Dengate Random House, 1998 and Friendly Food, by Swain and others, Murdoch Books, 1991.