News & Alerts
Report finds Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Commercially Available Food, issues Warning about lack of Industry Transparency on Nano
Posted on 6 Feb 2013
A recently published briefing on nanomaterials in food has revealed that testing of 'two commercially available donuts' found 'titanium dioxide nanoparticles of 10nm or smaller'. The report, entitled Slipping Through the Cracks, also stated that only 1% of 2500 food-related companies responded to a survey it carried out on nanomaterials in food
NIA Members Consultation: High-level NIA Panel Appearance on the European Commission 2nd Regulatory Review Workshop
Posted on 10 Jan 2013
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has been invited to present the NIA's opinion on the topic 'Why is existing regulation sufficient to ensure safe use of nanomaterials and what can industry do to generate trust?' as part of a high-level panel including European Commission officials.
Posted on 13 Dec 2012
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has accepted recommendations from an external evaluation and is expecting to roll them into its management plan for the coming year. Nanotechnology was highlighted a number of times in the recommendations as a thematic area requiring prioritisation by EFSA
Posted on 18 Nov 2012
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is working on an Inventory of food additives/food contact materials/feed additives applications in the area of nanotechnologies. A sum of EUR 100,000 has been allocated to the organisation's Feed Unit for the task so that they may deliver 'one external scientific report' by September 2013
Posted on 12 Nov 2012
Iran's Health Ministry has announced that food and health care products must now be certified in the country. Failure to do so will be 'considered illegal and...companies are liable to prosecution'
Posted on 3 Oct 2012
The EC has published their 2nd Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials. This comprises a Commission Communication and a SWP and follows up from the previous 2008 Communication. It explains that 'the benefits of nanomaterials range from saving lives, breakthroughs enabling new applications or reducing the environmental impacts to improving the function...
Posted on 28 Aug 2012
An article published by Chemical Watch has highlighted comments recently submitted by the NIA to draft documents published by the US FDA
NIA urges FDA to intensify the Support of internationally harmonised Efforts on the Interpretation of Nanomaterials
Posted on 27 Aug 2012
On 21 July 2012, ahead of the US FDA's 25 July deadline, the NIA submitted replies to the two Draft FDA Guidance documents that had been published by the FDA in April 2012
Posted on 30 Jul 2012
A recently published article has called on food manufacturers within the UK to 'recognise the massive potential of nanotechnology in creating healthier foods'
Posted on 25 Jun 2012
A report recently published by both the UN's FAO and the WHO documents the meeting they held earlier this year on 'Nanotechnologies in Food and Agriculture'. It shows that the co-ordinators aimed to discuss the ongoing development of nano activities relevant to the food and feed sectors, so that both the FAO and the WHO could understand 'the...
Posted on 13 Jun 2012
The UN's FAO and WHO have today announced the publication of a jointly-prepared draft document. The draft has been released for public consultation
Posted on 26 Apr 2012
An article recently presents the results of a study into the Canadian public's attitude to nanotechnology, both in general and in the specific area of its applications in the food industry. The investigation seems to imply that a fear of new applications derived from nanotech are indicative of people's general unease with science, rather than...
Posted on 20 Apr 2012
The US FDA today released documentation related to the safety aspects of nanomaterials for the food and cosmetics industries, and has asked for input from stakeholders
Posted on 16 Apr 2012
The EC's JRC recently released the minutes of a roundtable discussion where 'participants discussed the transversal priorities of key sectors of economic growth'; one of these sectors was identified as nanotechnology. The event looked primarily at sectors concerned with energy, transport and ICT, and areas related to health, food and nutrition
NIA EXCLUSIVE: Meeting Report from ILSI Workshop on Challenges of Nanotechnologies for Food Packaging
Posted on 20 Feb 2012
On 8-10 February 2012 ILSI Europe organised a workshop to discuss the outlook and challenges of nanotechnologies for food packaging. During the workshop presentations on the applications of nanotechnologies in food packaging, the potential migration of nanomaterials, detection methods, life cycle considerations and risk assessment, along with...
Posted on 12 Jan 2012
"Nanotechnology has already become a reality in some areas and promises great things in others. However, the road to the nano future still includes a number of obstacles" starts a feature article in this month's issue of Chemistry & Industry. Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, contributed clarifications on nanotechnology in...
Posted on 16 Dec 2011
"NanoAgri is one of very many promising fields where the use of nanotechnologies can bring benefits to all parties involved in the agricultural chain, from input producers to farmers and consumers" comments Dr David Carlander, Director of Advocacy at the Nanotechnology Industries Association, in an exclusive interview with New AG International ...
Posted on 6 Oct 2011
In July 2011 the European Parliament adopted its Second Reading Position on the proposed legislation on the provision of Food Information to Consumers. The new law combines two Directives into one piece of legislation: 2000/13/EC on labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs; and 90/496/EEC on nutrition labelling for foodstuff
Posted on 19 Sep 2011
Dr David Carlander has joined the NIA as Director of Advocacy and Programme Manager of the Global-NanoMaPPP, the NIA's flagship Public-Private Partnership in the proactive safety assessment of nanomaterials
Posted on 16 May 2011
The European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) published its most recent scientific opinion entitled Guidance on the risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain