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May 17th, 2005
Nanotechnology has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of food production at a time when consumer concerns over safety are increasingly influencing key business decisions, writes Anthony Fletcher.
Indeed the technology, which involves the study and use of materials at an extremely small scale – at sizes of millionths of a millimetre – could provide some innovative answers to current problems of sanitation.
Nanotechnology also has the potential to address some of the big-picture issues. The threat of bioterrorism has made food safety along the supply chain a government as well as an industry priority - tight new customs regulations are coming into force in the US this month, and strict new rules governing traceability within the EU were introduced this year.
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