Nanotechnology used by the food-package industry is drawing scrutiny from environmental agencies. The Environmental News Network:
The food-packaging industry, food companies and consumers all share an interest in ensuring that any possible safety questions are identified and are carefully evaluated and resolved before marketing packaging materials that contain ENMs, according to the report authored by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy official Michael R. Taylor.You know, fresh fruits and veggies don’t come in elaborate packing. For more on nanotechnology, be sure to read Nanotechnology: Cancer-risk.
The PEN-GMA report, Assuring the Safety of Nanomaterials in Food Packaging: The Regulatory Process and Key Issues, was a result of an effort by experts from government, industry and the public interest community to examine the path of a number of hypothetical nanotechnology food packaging applications through the current regulatory system. The regulatory system for food packaging is scientifically rigorous and extraordinarily complex, both legally and scientifically. This first-of-its-kind analysis provides a better understanding of the potential regulatory issues on the horizon for nanotechnology-enabled packaging — an advantage for industry, consumers and regulatory agencies such as FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).