Posted: February 20, 2007

European Food Safety Authority will address nanotechnology safety

(Nanowerk News) The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its 2007 Management Plan and associated Work Programs. It proposes to establish a working group, comprising recognized experts from Member States, to work together with the Scientific Committee, the appropriate Panels and EFSA's scientific staff to address a number of scientific priority projects including risk assessment of nanoparticles.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the keystone of European Union (EU) risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. In close collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with its stakeholders, EFSA provides independent scientific advice and clear communication on existing and emerging risks.
EFSA will address the risk assessment of nanotechnology with the aim to develop harmonized approaches in all Member States. In important objective will be to gather more data for further analysis.
The Authority is planning to organize again 2-3 science colloquia to achieve a better understanding of fundamental scientific issues in the area of food safety for further consideration by EFSA. One of the proposed topics is risk assessment of nanoparticles in food/feed with a focus on food/feed packaging materials.
Source: EFSA