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News & Alerts

Report finds Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Commercially Available Food, issues Warning about lack of Industry Transparency on Nano
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
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.
EFSA Management Board adopts Nanotechnology-related Recommendations for 2013
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
EFSA creating Inventory of nano-based Food and Feed Activities
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
Iran introduces Certification for Nano Foods and Health Products
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'
'Benefits of nano save Lives' says the European Commission
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...
Article details NIA Comments on US FDA Draft Documents
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
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
Interview highlights Benefits of Nanotechnology for UK Food Industry
A recently published article has called on food manufacturers within the UK to 'recognise the massive potential of nanotechnology in creating healthier foods'
FAO/WHO publish Report on 'Nanotech in Food and Agriculture' Meeting
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...
FAO/WHO release draft Nanotech Food Document for public Review
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
Study analyses Canadian Attitudes towards Nanotechnology and its Applications in Food Industries
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...
FDA issues two draft Guidance Documents for Nanotechnology
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
EC JRC Roundtable Discussion looks at Nano Issues
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
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...
NIA helps pave the Road for Nanotechnology
"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...
Nanotechnology in Agriculture - Exclusive Interview with the NIA
"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 ...
European Union passes Regulation on the Labelling of Nanomaterials in Food
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
NIA welcomes Dr David Carlander as new Director of Advocacy
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
EFSA publishes new Guidelines on Nanomaterials Risk Assessment
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