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Nanotechnologies & nanomaterials in food : assets, risks, perspectives

Analysis of the Center for Studies and Foresight of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Nanomaterials in food
The work of Toxalim's EnteRisk team is cited in the Center's analysis note #120
  • Nanotechnology, already used in fields such as electronics, aeronautics or medicine, is the subject of ambitious research programs in the field of food.
  • While these technologies offer exciting opportunities for future applications, uncertainties remain about their potential toxicity, creating reluctance and calling for cost / benefit assessments.
  • Beyond the challenges of adapting regulations, challenges remain in terms of control, monitoring and surveillance.

These tensions between technological promises, uncertainties and normative regulation contribute to making "nanos" a new public issue, which this note summarizes the main issues.