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The relevance for food safety of applications of nanotechnology in the food and feed industries


By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleThe relevance for food safety of applications of nanotechnology in the food and feed industries
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2008
Corporate AuthorsFood Safety Authority of Ireland
Pagination88 p.
Date PublishedSeptember 2008
PublisherFood Safety Authority of Ireland
Place PublishedDublin, Ireland
TypeReport
Publication Languageeng
Abstract

This report from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) makes a series of recommendations to ensure that consumer's safety is protected in relation to the use of nanotechnology in food. The report first summarizes some of the potential benefits in using nanotechnology food, its current use in other countries and its potential uses in the future. The report then looks at the potential risks of nanotechnology and the adequacy of the existing European Union regulatory framework to address these potential risks. The report finishes by recommending that food business operators conduct risk assessments on all foods involving the the use of nanoparticles in their ingredients or packaging, that legal provisions should be considered at the European Union level to ensure that food or feed should be reevaluated whenever properties or changed to the nanoscale, that FSAI should promote the establishment of a publicly available inventory of nanotechnology-based food products and food contact materials, that urgent consideration should be given to whether additional controls are required on the disposal or recycling of nanoparticle containing food contact and other materials, and that food surveillance programs should include investigation of the potential for nanoparticles used in packaging to migrate into foods or be recycled into the environment and enter the food chain indirectly.

URLhttp://www.fsai.ie/publications/reports/Nanotechnology_report.pdf