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Nanotechnology among 2016-2018 Priority Topics for EFSA's Scientific Committee Risk Assessment Guidance
Posted on 6 Jul 2016
On 19 May 2016, the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Agency has adopted an opinion identifying priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance in the years 2016-2018.
Posted on 3 Jun 2016
Three prominent nanomaterials, silicion dioxide, titanium dioxide and nanosilver, pose no "significant health risk for food grade materials" while nanoclays and nanosilver do not 'migrate' when used in food packaging, according to new, peer-reviewed reports from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the government body responsible for food...
Posted on 4 Mar 2016
The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) has published an assessment of zinc oxide nanoparticles in food contact materials that recommends the European Commission reconsider safety migration levels (SMLs) to ensure they take into account dietary exposure from other sources.
Posted on 22 Feb 2016
NIA's Director General, David Carlander, was interviewed for the trade publication, Chemistry World, this month on the new novel foods regulation update that was recently passed by the European Parliament.
Posted on 10 Dec 2015
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final report of the 'Better Control of Nanomaterials' initiative
Posted on 13 Apr 2015
Prompted by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) conducted a safety assessment study on the use of zinc oxide nanoparticles (coated and uncoated) in food contact materials
Posted on 5 Feb 2015
A regulation ‘amending and correcting’ EC Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food shows that three nanomaterials have been approved for such use. Furthermore another material has been amended to allow for the nanoform of it to be used
Posted on 30 Jan 2015
A paper published by the NanoRelease Food Additive project has been published by Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology. NIA is one of the partners of the NanoRelease project
Posted on 19 Dec 2014
Following on from the success of NIA's first and second NIA Members Quarterly Webinars, NIA held its third Quarterly Webinar on 17 December 2014 15:00 CET. The presentation from it has now been made available
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
The European Parliament ENVI Committee has voted to adopt a draft report that ‘proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle’. The report is an amended version of the European Commission’s (EC) January 2014 proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435 (COD)
Posted on 22 Aug 2014
A recently published article that draws upon the work of the NanoRelease project has highlighted the complexity of measuring nanomaterials in foods. The authors state that, ‘due to the complexity and wide chemical and physical disparity of nanomaterials at different points in time from processing to ingestion, it is likely that no single method...
Posted on 10 Jul 2014
The ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project, in which NIA participates, has recently published five scientific publications in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. An earlier publication had been published in April 2014 in ACS nano
Posted on 26 Jun 2014
NIA has compiled an exclusive Members report giving a short and concise description and status update on EU regulations that have included specific provisions related to nanotechnology, and on regulations that are indirectly applicable to nanomaterials
Posted on 24 Jun 2014
Implementing the recommendations from its 2007 Nanotechnology Task Force Report, the US FDA published on 24 June 2014 three final guidance documents as well as one draft guidance document for nanotechnology applications in regulated products, including cosmetics and food substances. The documents ‘reflect the FDA’s current thinking’ and contain...
Posted on 12 Jun 2014
EFSA has, upon investigation, concluded that ‘the substance silicon dioxide, silanated, does not raise a safety concern for the consumer in the currently authorised conditions of use’ and can be used in additives in all types of plastics ‘without restriction’. EFSA’s CEF Panel looked at the material following a request from the EC for re-...
Posted on 10 Jun 2014
ANEC recently published a position paper highlighting ‘the need for enhanced EU Regulations’ on chemicals. As part of this the NGO called for ‘specific provisions for nanomaterials to be implemented’
Posted on 22 May 2014
The NGO Friends of the Earth Australia has published an overview of nanotechnology-related developments in the food and agricultural sectors in Australia that have occurred since its last report on the topic in 2008. Entitled Way too little: Our Government’s Failure to regulate Nanomaterials in Food and Agriculture, the report opines that ‘since...
Posted on 15 May 2014
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Posted on 15 May 2014
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Posted on 14 May 2014
The EC has informed the WTO of its intention to modify Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. According to the notification, ‘it amends the authorisation for nine substances, [and] includes six new substances with a favourable assessment by EFSA’; four of these materials are...