Food Safety Implications of Nanotechnology on Agenda of World Health Organization and FAO

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Summary posted by Meridian on 12/1/2008
Source: Nanowerk
Author: n/a

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will hold a joint Expert Meeting on the Application of Nanotechnologies in the Food and Agriculture Sectors: Potential Food Safety Implications on June 1-5, 2009, at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The aim of the meeting is to assess the potential food safety risks that may arise from nanoparticles, particularly in the areas of: 1) nanotechnology applications in plant and animal food production; 2) nanotechnology applications in food processing, packaging, and distribution; and 3) using nano-diagnostic tools for monitoring and detection in food production. The meeting is not intended to cover occupational health matters surrounding the use of nanotechnology in the food and agriculture sectors. One of the expected outcomes of the meeting will be resources to provide member countries with information on existing and emerging applications of nanotechnology and any associated food safety implications and/or risks. The article can be viewed online at the link below.





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