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October 26th, 2010

Nanotech presence in consumer goods growing

Abstract:
An inventory of consumer products containing nanomaterials shows that numbers have trebled over the past year, including likely Christmas shopping favourites such as "nanosilver antibacterial underwear".

"Products claiming to contain nanomaterials are already widely available on the European market and these are just some of the boasts that can be found in shops or online," stressed European consumer groups.

The 2010 nano inventory, published on 25 October by the European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC) and the European Consumer Voice in Standardisation (ANEC), found 475 products containing nanomaterials compared to 151 the previous year.

The inventory includes selected categories of product that are most often consumed in everyday life: products for cars, electronic devices, child products, food and drink, cosmetics, health and fitness products and a range of cleaning products.

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