Governing Nano Foods: Principles-Based Responsive Regulation book cover

Governing Nano Foods: Principles-Based Responsive Regulation

EFFoST Critical Reviews #3

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.

Those working with nanotechnology as related to the production of food, those establishing policy and regulations

Paperback, 100 Pages

Published: January 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-420156-9


  • Foreword

    Executive Summary


    Requirements for food safety regulation

    Safety frame applied to food applications of nanotechnology

    Case-by-case premarket approval

    Nano-specific regulation

    Regulatory burden

    A learning system

    Conclusions and way forward


    Analytical framework

    On the delineation of the concept 'nanotechnology'

    Lessons learned from selected regulatory reviews

    Nanotechnology in proposed regulation

    Research team



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