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January 12th, 2010
The UK House of Lords science and technology select committee has called for more research into the use of nanomaterials in food and criticised the food industry for failing to be open about its use of nanotechnology.
In a report published on 8 January, the select committee concluded that, although current legislation should be adequate to protect consumers, more research is needed into the toxicological effects of nanomaterials in food products. It also called for more transparency between the food industry, government and consumers about the use of nanotechnology in food.
The committee was particularly concerned about effective public communication regarding nanomaterials in food, aiming to avoid the negative reactions that have been seen over biotechnology and genetic modification, while keeping people informed about what is going into their food. The report proposes that the UK Food Standards Agency work with the food industry to develop and maintain an online register of all products containing nanomaterials and a database of materials in development.
Royal Society of Chemistry
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