Maybe you’ll read this from an AP story and shake your head like we did:
[Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace and six other groups have filed a petition with the FDA], asking them to strengthen their regulation of sunscreens that contain nano-sized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, saying particles of those minute dimensions pose health and environmental risks, including possible inflammatory and immune responses in the human body.
How’s that again?
Yup, apparently this group had a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. They say that the FDA needs new regulations (of course — regulations fix everything), according to the AP, ” that take into account the unique hazards that ‘untested’ and ‘unassessed’ nanomaterials may pose.” Friends of the Earth? Greenpeace? Sunscreens and nanotech? What’s wrong — is the global warming hysteria business drying up?
We wrote on this a while back, on the coming nano-hysteria. We cited blog god Glenn Reynolds and his excellent book “An Army of Davids” back then, cautioning against Luddite-like reaction to nano-technology. In our prior post, folks were ringing the alarm about feared-but-unproven workplace threats.
For their part, the FDA spokesperson says, “We haven’t seen any safety concerns that would cause us to regulate things differently.” The spokesman for the cosmetics industry association is quoted in the AP story as saying, “The amount of knowledge that we have for the safety of these materials is more than adequate to deal with their safety in the marketplace…”
Once again industry is forced to respond to unfounded allegations by a group with a very definite — and anti-progress — agenda. We should let nanotechnology flourish, and tell the Luddites to get out of the way.
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