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August 23, 2016

Review Published of Nanomaterials for Products and Application in Agriculture, Feed, and Food in the European Union

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requested a review of the already marketed and in-development applications of nanomaterials in the agri/feed/food sectors.  The results of the review are published in the August 2016 issue of Trends in Food Science & Technology in an article entitled “Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture, feed and food.”  The article highlights include:

  • Nanotechnology is applied in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, additives, and food contact materials;
  • Nano-encapsulates, silver, titanium dioxide, and silica are the most often mentioned nanomaterials in the literature;
  • A comparison between marketed and in-development applications indicates a trend moving from inorganic to organic nanomaterials; and
  • Nanotechnology is an enabling technology, therefore product description should contain the function of a nanomaterial in the product.