Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology offers great potential to the food and drink industry, said Steffi Friedrichs

Nanotechnology benefits: public needs reassurance

By Rick Pendrous

Nanotechnology offers great potential for use in the food and drink supply chain, but the public’s food safety concerns still need to be overcome, according to the head of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA).

Government should do more to encourage debate about nanotechnology

Government must kick off nano debate

By Rod Addy

The government is failing to do enough to encourage an open debate on the use of nanotechnology and bodies such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) should step into the breach.

Nanotechnology risks going same way as GM, FSA study

Nanotechnology risks going same way as GM, FSA study

By Freddie Dawson

Manufacturers risk new nanotechnology-based food products being rejected in a similar way to genetically modified (GM) foods, unless they start engaging with consumers over their perceptions of the risks involved, a new Food Standards Agency (FSA) commissioned...

Nano definition raises as many questions as it answers

Nano definition raises as many questions as it answers

By Elaine Watson

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has welcomed moves by the European Commission (EC) to develop a definition of nanomaterials for regulatory purposes, but raised some concerns about the draft definition currently out for consultation.

Nano definition is a legal minefield, warn scientists

Nano definition is a legal minefield, warn scientists

By Elaine Watson

Agreeing on a legal definition of nanomaterials that satisfies food manufacturers, regulators, enforcement bodies and consumers will be hugely challenging, according to experts gathered at a nanotechnology workshop in Leatherhead last week.

Industry radio silence is not moving nanotechnology debate forward

Industry radio silence is not moving nanotechnology debate forward

By Elaine Watson

No one is expecting food manufacturers to share commercially sensitive information about nanotechnology projects, but adopting a policy of radio silence on the subject will only reinforce the perception that they have something to hide, according to experts...

We are nano sensible - not secretive

We are nano sensible - not secretive

By Julian Hunt

"Is the food industry being unnecessarily secretive about nanotechnology? That was the criticism levelled at us by the House of Lords' Science and Technology Committee, which published a major report on the topic last month.

Europe lags behind in nanotechnology stakes

Europe lags behind in nanotechnology stakes

By Elaine Watson

European companies risk falling behind their US and Asian counterparts in the emerging field of nanotechnology unless more private investment is...

A mini revolution

A mini revolution

The introduction of nanotechnology is being heralded as the dawn of a new industrial age. John Dunn discovers exactly what it promises for food manufacturers

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