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May 21st, 2008
Nanomaterials should be banned in foods and some packaging, and there should be mandatory labelling for these novel compounds in cosmetics, personal-care products and cleaning agents, says the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy.
The institute says the food ban should be in place by November of 2009 and the labelling requirement by May of 2010. It contends that the "extremely rapid commercialization" of consumer products containing nanomaterials "requires an unprecedented sense of urgency by government in the creation of policy for this area."
Nanomaterials are extremely small, engineered substances that many environmentalists worry could be the next frontier for hazardous chemicals in consumer goods. They're currently being added to many products, including wrinkle- and stain-resistant fabrics, sunscreens and sports equipment, such as tennis racquets, among other items.
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