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Posted: Jan 11, 2011
House of Lords report - One year on...
(Nanowerk News) Interest in Nanotechnology for the Food Industry has continued to be a focus
throughout 2010, with the report from the UK's House of Lords Science and Technology Committee released in January stimulating much discussion.
This report has been followed by publications on improvement in ingredient
functionality and health benefits from using nanotechnologies.
The report from the House of Lords pointed out that there may well be
benefits from the use of nanotechnology in foods and distinguished between
persistent nanomaterials which might cause concern and those "natural"
materials that are normally digested, such as typical food ingredients which
are likely to be harmless. This is an important distinction for the industry and
consumers as it should enable research into nanotechnology to advance with
The Food Focus Group of the NanoKTN together with Leatherhead Food
Research and NanoCentral has arranged a series of workshops. This third
workshop in the series – on January 19, 2011, in London, UK – will consider what has happened in the year since the
publication of the House of Lords Report and also the other associated
reports and their implications for the food and drink industry. Speakers will
discuss their views on what has been done to address the issues raised by
Lord Krebs and his colleagues. Also to be considered will be what still needs
to be done to provide clear guidelines for the use of nanotechnology in
product development to ensure its safe and acceptable use in the food
industry by the consumer.
Confirmed speakers include:
Food Standards Agency
Food & Environment Research Agency
Leatherhead Food Research
Food and Drink Federation
Institute of Food Research
A discounted rate of £150 +VAT will be charged to members of the
NanoKTN**. A special rate is also available for members of Leatherhead
Food Research/NanoWatch and NanoCentral of £250 +VAT. The standard
cost is £300 +VAT.
Organisations and individuals wishing to attend should email a completed
registration form to: Natasha.firstname.lastname@example.org.