Nanotechnologies and food inquiry continues

16 June 2009

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into nanotechnologies and food continues at 10.40am.

Giving evidence to the Committee will be:

  • Dr John Wand, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Dr Declan Mulkeen, Medical Research Council
  • Professor Peter Fryer and Dr Amanda Collis, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Trevor Maynard, Lloyds Corporation
  • Peter Hatto, British Standards Institute
  • Professor Richard Owen, University of Westminster

The Committee has decided to look into the use of nanotechnologies in food at a time when their use in the production and manufacture of food and food packaging is in its infancy, with only a small number of products on the market globally. Many possible food applications are at a research stage and millions of dollars are being spent by both governments and industry to apply nanotechnologies in areas such as food processing, food safety and packaging.

The inquiry will focus on the use of nanotechnologies in food products, additives and supplements, as well as food contact packaging, food manufacturing processes, animal feed, pesticides and fertilisers and products that may come into contact with food, such as food containers and cooking utensils.

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