News & Alerts

News & Alerts

Beyond NanoFood — Industries are asked to act to the UK House of Lords Report
This month’s Editorial in the journal Nature Nanotechnology alerts food manufacturers, governments and regulators to pay special attention to the report on Nanotechnologies and Food (Volume I: Report; Volume II: Evidences), published by the UK House of Lords last month
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 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...
Food Packaging Industry criticises House of Lords Report
According to an article on FoodProductionDaily, representatives of the food packaging industry have criticised the conclusion of the UK House of Lords' Report on Nanotechnologies and Food
Nanomaterials in the Food Sector may offer Benefits to both Consumers and Industry
The UK House or Lords has published the full report of its Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into the use of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials in the food sector
Nanotechnologies top the European Commission’s List of Key Enabling Technologies for Society and Economy
The European Commission has published a communication entitled Preparing for our future: Developing a common strategy for key enabling technologies in the EU, which outlines the importance of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) for society and the economy
NIA gives Evidence to UK House of Lords Hearing on ‘Nanotechnologies and Food’
Following the written comments which the NIA submitted to the UK House of Lords enquiry on Nanotechnologies and Food, Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, was invited as a witness to give evidence in front of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee I
Council of the European Union approves draft Novel Foods Regulation
The Council of the European Union has approved a political agreement on a draft regulation concerning novel foods. On the topic of the ‘definition of novel food and the scope of the regulation’, the Council agreed on the following: 'Furthermore, food containing or consisting of engineered nanomaterials is explicitly included in the scope of the...
NIA submits Evidence to UK House of Lords inquiry on ‘Nanotechnologies and Food’
The 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 a number of different questions
European Parliament to vote on Definition and labelling of Nanotechnology
On Tuesday 24 March 2009 the European Parliament is scheduled to debate a report from ENVI that wants risk assessments of nanofoods and calls for labelling of products ‘produced with the aid of nanotechnologies’. Tuesday's debate forms part of the review of the Novel Foods Regulation ((EC) No 258/97)
NIA Comments on EFSA Opinion
This week’s issue of EU Food Law weekly looks in detail at the Scientific Opinion on The Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety  published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the 5 March 2009
EFSA publishes scientific Opinion on the ‘Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety’
EFSA has published a final opinion on nanotechnologies in food and feed; entitled The Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety, the opinion is based on a draft which underwent public consultation in October/November 2008, to which NIA provided comments
NIA provides Comments on EFSA Draft Opinion
In a joint effort the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries in the EU (CIAA) and the NIA developed and provided comments to the Draft Opinion of the Scientific Committee on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety, published for public consultation by EFSA on 17 October 2008
EFSA opens Public Consultation on its Draft Opinion on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
Following the publication of its Draft Opinion of the Scientific Committee on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety, the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) today launched a public consultation on this draft scientific opinion