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Food nanotechnology:
Proposed uses, safety concerns and regulations

*Corresponding author
1. West Chester University, Department of Nutrition, College of Health Sciences,  855 S. New Street West Chester, PA, 19383, USA
2. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Human Nutrition and Food Science Department,  College of Agriculture, 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA, 91768, USA
3. Professor Emeritus of Food Science, Penn State University,  219 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA

KEYWORDS: Food nanotechnology, food safety, food nanotechnology, regulations.
Nanotechnology encompasses research and applications of materials in the range of 10-100 nanometers where one nanometer is 10-9 meter. Proposed nanotechnology applications in consumer products and the food system appear to offer consumer benefits but concerns about safety and regulation have emerged. Herein we summarize existing and proposed nanoapplications in agricultural production, food manufacturing, processing and packaging.  We include the safety concerns surrounding manufacture and use of nanomaterials in food products, and outline the status of food nanotechnology regulations in the United States (US) and the European Union (EU).

With the world population projected to over 8 billion by 2025 (1), the need for innovation and technologies to expand the food supply has never been more important. Nanotechnology is a powerful new technology that encompasses the use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), with at least one dimension at the molecular ...