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February 11, 2009

House of Lords Investigating the Use of Nanotechnologies in the Food Sector

Lynn L. Bergeson

On December 15, 2008, the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee appointed a Subcommittee to investigate the use of nanotechnologies in the food sector.  The Committee intends to focus on the following areas:  food products, additives, and supplements; food contact packaging; food manufacturing processes; animal feed; pesticides and fertilizers; and products that may come into contact with food, such as food containers and cooking utensils.  The Committee requests evidence on questions under the following topics:

  • State of the science and its current use in the food sector;
  • Health and safety;
  • Regulatory framework; and
  • Public engagement and consumer information.

Submissions are due March 13, 2009. The Committee will hold public meetings beginning in Spring 2009, and intends to publish its report in Fall 2009.