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U.K. Science Panel Urges More Research Into Risks Of Using Nanotechnology In Food

January 7, 2010: 08:13 PM EST
Although nanotechnology has been touted as a way to make better cosmetics and tastier, healthier foods, a British science committee says a scarcity of scientific research means that the potential benefits and risks of its use in food are largely unknown. Without such research, food safety authorities around the world are unable to properly regulate products containing nanoparticles. The science panel said the $410 million global market for nanotechnology in food could reach $5.6 billion by 2012. "It is important that detailed and thorough research into potential health and safety implications ... is undertaken now,” the panel chairman said.
Kate Kelland, "Report calls for research on nanoparticles in food", Reuters, January 07, 2010, © Thomson Reuters
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