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NSW: Food expert warns on hormones in Australian produce

19 Jun 2009 2:32 AM

An international food safety expert says some of our food producers are selling our quality products overseas .. while feeding us foods containing dangerous levels of hormones and pesticides.

The claim's come from Canadian microbiologist SHIV CHOPRA .. who says potentially harmful antibiotics, cancer-causing hormones and slaughterhouse waste .. have entered Australia's food supply.

CHOPRA claims there's a stark difference between locally-produced crops and meat consumed by Australians .. and those which are exported.

However .. Food Standards Australia New Zealand chief scientist PAUL BRENT says there's no hormones in food in Australia.

Meanwhile .. Greens MP IAN COHEN believes New South Wales faces a huge health problem because of what he calls the low quality foods sold in supermarkets.

AAP RTV stu/evt/wz/psm/