FOEA Emerging tech Project

New paper on nano food packaging emphasises need for regulation

A new paper that reviews the scientific literature regarding the migration of nanomaterials from packaging into food has called into question Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)’s decision not to assess the migration of nanomaterials from packaging into food in its current food packaging review. The paper’s authors argue that “Government agencies and stakeholders must hurry to determine use limitations and release conclusive...

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New study finds nanomaterials affect human gut microflora

A new study has found that metal oxide nanomaterials, such as titanium dioxide (TiO2), which is widely used in food, lollies, sunscreens and other cosmetics, “caused nonlethal, significant changes” to the microbial community in human gut. The scientists raised concerns that such changes “may be related to overall health effects.” The study estimates that over 15000 metric tons of titanium dioxide, 3700 metric tons of zinc oxide and 300 metric...

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