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When ‘Information’ turns into ‘Warning’ - NIA cautions against Careless Labelling

In an interview with the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche (WiWo) (14 January 2010) Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), warns of the potentially negative effects resulting from ill-designed product labels: ‘If the ‘nano’-label is placed on the front of a product pack, it would turn into a  ‘warning-label’', she comments with regard to the EC draft recast of the Novel Foods regulation.

The WiWo-article reports the results of a survey conducted by the Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen (vzbv) (German Federation of Consumer Associations), which showed last autumn that 64 percent of Germans regarded nanotechnology as a positive technology; 87 percent of the same surveyed also expressed fears of potential health threats through nanotechnology.

Ruediger Iden, Senior Vice-President of BASF commented: ‘In Germany, nanotechnology enjoys a higher acceptance than in the USA’. Public support, however, is ‘fragile and could quickly tumble into negative perception’, notes Antje Grobe from the University of Stuttgart and the Nanodialogue (Stiftung Risiko-Dialogue, St Gallen, Switzerland).

 

Follow this link to read the full WiWo-article.

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