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Learn more about the application and implications of nanotechnology on the food industry and food safety policy. Includes fact sheets and papers that describe its scientific and industrial impact.

Expert Meeting on the Application of Nanotechnologies in the Food and Agricultural Sectors

World Health Organization; Food and Agricultural Organization.

Reviews the existing and projected applications of nanotechonology, the human health risks associated with the use of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, and the development of transparent and constructive dialogues among stakeholders in the food and agriculture sectors.

Agrifood Nanotechnology: Upstream Assessment of Risk and Oversight

University of Minnesota. Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy Humphrey Institute.

Presents a comprehensive introduction to nanotechnology and agrifood applications, risk and oversight issues, and research on nano oversight. Contains several dynamic illustrations, charts, and tables.

Safety and Efficacy of Nanomaterials in Food Products

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Reviews a biological perspective on nanostructures in foods, FDA's oversight of nanotechnology applications in foods, and regulatory issues concerning food and nutrient products containing nanomaterials.

NIFA Program - Nanotechnology

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Provides report highlights, funding programs, research news, NIFA partners, contacts from NIFA's nanotechnology research grant programs, and more.


European Food Safety Authority.

Introduces nanotechnology's impact on food and describes the nature of its risk assessment and the EFSA's role in its oversight. Includes publications, press releases & news stories, FAQs, events, and public consultations & calls for contribution.

Nanotechnology Task Force Report 2007

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

This report provides the Task Force's initial findings and recommendations. It includes: a synopsis of the state of the science for biological interactions of nanoscale materials; analysis and recommendations for science issues; and analysis and recommendations for regulatory policy issues.

Nanotechnology Improves Food Safety by Detecting Prions (PDF | 752 KB)

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

An article that summarizes research findings and the application of nanotechnology for improving diagnostic biotechnology.

Types of Nanomaterials Under Investigation by the EPA

Environmental Protection Agency.

Describes the nanomaterials being tested, including those used in food coloring and packaging.

Risk Governance of Nanotechnology Applications in Food and Cosmetics (PDF | 1.47 MB)

International Risk Governance Council.

Discusses the use of nanomaterials in food cosmetics, the need for information, public perception and participation, regulatory background and legal requirements for risk assessment, risk assessment for three sample nanoscaled materials, and voluntary codes for the responsible use of nanoscaled materials.

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Program

National Nanotechnology Initiative.

Provides a multi-agency framework to ensure U.S. leadership in nanotechnology that will be essential to improved human health, economic well being and national security.