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NIA comments on how actively the Food Industry is looking at Nanotechnologies

NIA’s Director of Advocacy, Dr David Carlander, recently provided quotes for an article entitled What you need to know about nano-food. The article looks at the general state of play on the matter, looking at the practical applications of nanotechnologies for food, who makes such foods, and why consumers might want to eat them, before asking “is it safe?”

On the question of who makes them, the article says, ‘try to find out the details of what food companies are doing with nanotechnology, and you’re likely to draw a blank’. It mentions that there is a discrepancy between the number of nano-enabled foods currently on the market, and the confident assertions in 2005 about the field, and notes that from 2010 both the UK House of Lords committee on science and technology, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) raised ‘concerns about a lack of transparency about what the food industry was doing with nanotechnology’.

While analysts believe ‘it may reflect a genuine decline in interest, perhaps due to regulatory challenges’, Dr Carlander ‘suspects that companies may be doing more work on nanotechnology than they are prepared to admit: “I think this is how several large corporations are acting, and the amount of ‘monitoring’ they do may in practice be quite substantial”.

 

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