The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has submitted Comments on the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee - Call for Evidence: Nanotechnologies and Food.
In its comments, the NIA gives evidence on the following categories of questions:
- State of the science and its current use in the food sector
- Health and safety
- Regulatory framework
- Public engagement and consumer information
Amongst other comments, the NIA recommended that a generalisation of ‘nanotechnologies should be avoided, especially in consideration of questions on ‘Health and Safety’, as well as ‘Risk Assessment’:
- ‘Nanotechnologies are enabling technologies, which help to improve existing products and enable the development of entirely new applications and products’
- ‘The use of nanotechnologies as an innovation to processing methodologies and tools, as well as the use of nanotechnology-enables smart packaging and food-safety screening detector and sensors does not create any new properties in the final food/drink product; therefore, risk assessments apply as before’
The submitted evidence is expected to be discussed by Subcommittee I during a meeting on the 24 March 2009.
Follow these links to download the NIA Comments on the Housel of Lord inquiry.