April 23, 2012
The United States’ drug regulator has issued new guidelines on the use of nanotechnology in the food and cosmetic industries.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned manufacturers of food and cosmetics that while they do not need to prove their products are safe before bringing them to market, they are still legally responsible for the products they manufacture.
It said nanotechnology, which allows the manipulation of materials on a sub-microscopic scale that has to be measured in nanometers, was still an emerging science.
In two draft guidance documents for the food and cosmetics industries, the agency said that such technology has a broad range of potential applications in the packaging of food or in altering the way that cosmetics look and feel.
Interactive Nanotech Food
Nanotechnology isn’t just protecting your food – it’s in your food. Scientists are manufacturing nano-sized vitamins that are easier for our bodies to absorb. In the future they hope to create ‘interactive’ food – food and drink that could change color, flavor or nutrients on demand.
Meanwhile, top chef Heston Blumenthal is dreaming of Willy Wonka style sweets, with three different tastes in one. Supported by the University of Nottingham, he’s even employed a research student who will investigate how nanotechnology could improve foods’ flavour.
Read more on Future food at the Science Museum.
This article was posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:10 am