Nanotechnology In Food Contact Applications

eBook addressing the current issues for Nanotechnology in food contact applications: key emerging technologies, regulations and prospects.

Product detail
Product type: Books
Date of publication: 22 Sep 2011
Product format: Online

Nanotechnology promises many benefits for food contact applications, but despite the bright outlook, there are some potential negatives. For instance, the dangers to consumers and the environment are not yet fully understood; nanoparticles can be more chemically reactive and bioactive than larger particles and existing toxicological and eco-toxicology risk assessment methods may not be sufficient to address all the issues that could arise. However, the few experimental and modelling studies reported so far suggest that nanoparticle migration from polymer packaging is likely to be zero or very low, so there's real promise in this area so far. New and rapidly developing technologies pose difficulties for regulators and companies alike in terms of risk versus benefit.

Contents

Executive Summary

  • Science in the Making
  • Regulatory Landscape
  • Commercial Prospects

Introduction and Methodology

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Definitions

Some Fine (but not small) Points

  • What Is It?
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Nanoscience
  • Nano-silver
  • Risk Assessment

Regulatory Landscape

  • EU Landscape
  • Perspective in the US
  • Other Nations
  • Other Opinions
  • Organic Food
  • Liability
  • Labelling and Reporting
  • International Cooperation
  • Voluntary Codes

Commercial Prospects

On the Shelf

Tables and Figures

Tables and Figures

  • Applications for nanomaterials in polymers
  • Examples of nanocomposites under commercial development
  • Panelists meet in June 2011 at the first workshop ever held on nanomaterials in the context of chemical regulations in the EU
  • Illustration of the use of nanoclay as a barrier material
  • Image of a polymer-silicate nanocomposite