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Researchers find nanoparticles in 6 of 6 U.S. baby formulas tested

Recent research has detected potentially harmful nanoparticles in six out of six popular infant formulas tested. Not surprisingly, this has triggered yet more concern about the safety of these engineered particles, which are added to some of the foods we eat. The products tested were Gerber Good Start Gentle, Gerber Good Start Soothe, Enfamil, Similac… Continue Reading

Most Would Accept Nanotechnology, Genetic Modification in Food for Nutrition, Safety

New research suggests that most consumers will accept nanotechnology or genetic modification technology in their food if it will enhance nutrition or improve safety. Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota conducted a nationally representative survey of 1,117 U.S. consumers. It asked about their willingness to purchase genetically modified (GM) food… Continue Reading

Tracing Food Controversies Back to GRAS

Update: This article has been edited to remove references to caramel coloring. What do trans fat, caffeine and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have in common? Each of these distinct, seemingly unrelated food controversies actually shares a common origin: the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) process. In fact, a wide range of food controversies — from sweeteners to… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Bridging the Gap Between Food Science and Public Perception

With controversial issues such as genetically engineered foods, nanotechnology and Pink Slime occupying headlines that leave consumers concerned and food company executives wringing their hands, a panel of food safety experts convened on the second full day of the 2013 IAFP conference to answer a pressing question: How can the food industry bridge the gap… Continue Reading

Do Nanomaterials Pose Health Risks? What Science Has to Say

Opinion

Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) have great potential to benefit animal and human health. But there are uncertainties surrounding the long-term effects of applying ENMs to food and pharmaceutical products consumed by humans and animals. Therefore, in a previous article, I suggested that more regulations should be applied to ENMs in our food system. I believe that… Continue Reading

The Need for Stronger Nanotechnology Regulation

Opinion

Nanotechnology is an innovative science involving the design and application of small-sized particles measuring one hundred nanometers or less. (An average human hair measures 80.000 nanometers in diameter) (1). Most nanomaterials are derived from conventional chemicals. Their miniscule size and large surface area help to enhance their mechanical, electrical, optical and catalytic features. Thus, nanotechnology… Continue Reading

Caution Urged with Nanoparticles in Food

Experts in environmental health issues have teamed with major companies to warn food industries to exercise caution when using nano-sized, manmade creations as nutritional additives, flavorings, colorings, or anti-bacterial coatings for packaging. The safety concerns raised by this rapidly evolving technology have yet to be fully understood, said a report issued today by As You… Continue Reading

Many Eager to Use Nano in Food, But Few Admit It

NEW ORLEANS — More than 15,000 food scientists, chefs, recipe developers and purveyors of spices, flavorings and additives met here last week to examine the newest innovations in the cook’s pot and on grocery shelves.   Nanoparticles, which could revolutionize steps all along the path from the farm to the table, were discussed openly and… Continue Reading

Macro Concerns in UK Over Food Nanoparticles

Consumers in the United Kingdom have spoken, revealing their views on nanotechnology in foods. The verdict? Healthy skepticism. Or rather, a skepticism of nanoparticles that do anything besides improve health. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Thursday published a study on attitudes of UK residents towards the use of nanotechnology in food products and food packaging…. Continue Reading