ANSES OPINION on a specific health risk assessment guide for nanomaterials in food products
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE REQUEST: In many areas such as the agri-food sector, engineered nanomaterials are used for their unique
nanoscale properties (optical, mechanical, etc.) and large specific surface area. Engineered
nanomaterials may be added intentionally as food additives, or as technological additives in
the formulation of food contact materials.
Nanomaterials are not covered by any specific regulations, but are governed by various
existing sectoral regulations (EC No 258/971
, EU No 1169/20112
, EU No 10/20113
, etc.). The
question of regulatory harmonisation is one of the issues and concerns raised by civil society
organisations – mainly non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – regarding nanomaterials in
general, and in food in particular.
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