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News & Alerts

US National Organic Program Approves Ban on Engineered Nanomaterials from Organic Products
On December 17, 2010, the US National Organic Program (NOP) voted to accept the recommendation of the US National Organic Standards Board(NOSB) to prohibit engineered nanomaterials from the production, processing, and packaging of certified organic products.  The decision was made with little fanfare, but has big implications. 
NIA encourages EFSA to support sound Science through an interactive Approach to Risk Assessment
The NIA congratulated EFSA on the publication of its Draft Scientific Opinion on Guidance on risk assessment concerning potential risks arising from applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies to food and feed; the NIA specifically acknowledge the sound scientific foundation the draft opinion was based upon
European Food Safety Authority launches Public Consultation on Nanotechnology Risk Assessment Guidance
The Scientific Committee of EFSA has launched a new public consultation on a document entitled Guidance on risk assessment concerning potential risks arising from 4 applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies to food and feed. The guidance offers practical guidance for the risk assessment of applications involving the use of nanoscience and...
Label to enable? - Australian & New Zealand Regulators commission Food Labelling Study
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) have commissioned a comprehensive study of the food labelling law and policies
US National Organic Standards Board recommends Banning of Nanomaterials from certified Organics
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) announced a unanimous decision to recommended that the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) prohibit engineered nanomaterials from certified organic products
Food Experts phrase Concern about EU 'Nanomaterial' Definition
The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has phrased concerns over the selection of a single upper size boundary in the European Commission's Draft recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial''
‘Stop Bitching and start Pitching’ – Environmental NGO criticised for unhelpful Reporting
The latest Nanowerk Spotlight article takes issue with a recent report by Friends of the Earth (FoE), in which the NGO aims to analyse the level of implementation of environmentally beneficial nanotechnologies
Crystal Ball Vision for US Nanotechnology Developments
For many years the US has led the way in developing nanotechnology sector. Back in 1999 the 'Nano1' report entitled Nanotechnology Research Directions: Vision for nanotechnology in the next Decade outlined the direction of North American development of nanotechnology
NIA provides Analysis and Advocay Position on Nano-specific Provisions in the Revision of the Novel Foods Regulation
In January 2008 the Commission published a proposal for revision of the Novel Foods Regulation (EC) No 258/97. On 7 July 2010 MEPs voted on the revised Novel Foods legislation at a second reading. The NIA has been following with much attention the chain of amendments proposed by the Council and Parliament regarding nanomaterials in foods, which...
'No general Conclusion on the Safety of Nanofood' - Hong Kong Study finds no Evidence one way or another
The Centre for Food Safety Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) has published a report, entitled Nanotechnology and Food Safety (series: Risk Assessment Studies, Report No. 41)
European Parliament votes to oppose Council Position on nano-specific Amendments to Novel Foods Regulation
During the 2nd reading, on the 7 July 2010, the European Parliament plenary voted to adopt a set of amendments to the Novel Foods Regulation; the proposed text changes specifically represent (a) additions or (b) changes to the position of the European Council, adopted on the 15 March 2010
PEN Consumer Products Inventory has substantive Deficiencies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) Consumer Products Inventory (CPI) received heavy criticism by a team of researchers, who aimed to examine and validate the inventory by investigating four prominent categories of nanoparticles (carbon, gold, silver, and iron)
European Parliament committed to restoring Consumer's Trust in European Food
According to an article on NutraIngredients, ‘[a] group of eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) [including Environment Committee Chair, Jo Leinen] met with EFSA representatives last week to discuss matters including health claims, nutrient profiling, GMOs and nanotechnology in food'
US GAO urges EPA to take regulatory Action on Nanomaterials
The US GAO (Government Accountability Office) has published a report, in which it identifies severe challenges to the EPA regarding the regulation of potential risks associated with nanotechnology
Uncertainty? - Yesterday's News makes Headlines
For as yet unexplained reasons, the German Government’s Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) has published a press release on a six months old position paper
European Nanotechnology receives a public 'Thumbs-Up'
The European Commission has published the result of its Public Online Consultation Towards a Strategic Nanotechnology Action Plan (SNAP 2010-2015). The report summarises the detailed contributions given by 716 respondents of various backgrounds to the online questionnaire that was largely limited to multiple-choice answers
European Parliament takes hard line in debate about Amendments to the Novel Foods Regulation
The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted to take forward a new set of proposed amendments into the 2nd Reading on the Novel Foods Regulation (expected to take place in July 2010)
European Council rejects Parliament Proposal for Labelling of Nanomaterials in Food
The European Council has adopted its first Reading position on a draft regulation concerning Novel Foods. The decision, which was taken without discussion at the Environment Council in Brussels on the 15 March 2010, reflects the Council's political agreement approved on 22 June 2009
UK Food Standard Agency to compile a Database on Nanotechnology in Food
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced the creation of a confidential database of food industry research into nanotechnology
Age and Gender influence public Attitude towards Nanotechnologies
A study commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) as part of the 2008 British Social Attitudes survey found that ‘a range of factors...shape public opinion on nanotechnologies, including trust, experience of previous technological innovations, a sense of control, cultural outlook/worldview and the source from which they receive...