Food which nanotechnology has impacted or to which nanotechnology is applied is referred to as nanofood. From treatment of the soil in which a crop plant is grown to the caring of a food, nanotechnology is a growing factor in the food supply. At this point, however, there is no definitive, effective global method for regulating the use of nanotechnology as it relates to the food suply.
Legislation on nanotechnologies is still evolving, as is understanding what data is needed for effective, efficient and appropriate risk assessment associated with nanotechnology impacted foods. Due to the emerging nature of nanotechnology and its role in the food supply, case-by-case studies are the current norm, but the need for wide-scale testing and broad-based regulatory standards is urgent.
This project is based on an EFFoST study designed to provide a comparative study of nanofood regulations in order to guide regulation development in this rapidly expanding market.
- Provides comparative study of nanofood regulations in order to guide regulation development in this rapidly expanding market
- Includes both case-by-case examples and more broad-based insights
- Provides models for regulation specifically for regulating nanotechnology as applied to food
About the Author
Bernd van der Meulen (Bachelor/Masters of Law, Masters of Governance, PhD Law) is the head of the Law and Governance Group of Wageningen University, President & co-founder of the Dutch Food Law Association (NVLR) and Director of European Institute for Food Law where he is a supervisor of PhD-researchers and students in organisation, quality assessment, mediation and conflict resolution and served as chair of the exams committee of the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University (2002-2012)Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Table of Contents
Requirements for food safety regulation
Safety frame applied to food applications of nanotechnology
Case-by-case premarket approval
A learning system
Conclusions and way forward
On the delineation of the concept 'nanotechnology'
Lessons learned from selected regulatory reviews
Nanotechnology in proposed regulation