Sweet potato and thyme used for bio-packaging film

U.S. scientists develop nanocomposite film from sweet potato starch, thyme essential oil, and nanoclay; potential applications include packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables

Opinion: Industry should replace titanium dioxide

French food safety agency issues opinion on TiO2 nanoparticles as food additive; recommends further research and limiting exposure of workers, consumers, and environment

Public consultation on Swedish nano-registry

Swedish Chemicals Agency held public consultation on proposed register for nanomaterials; nano-industry association advises against Swedish registry and promotes ECHA nano-observatory

Classification of nanomaterials

JRC and partners of EU project NanoDefine develop strategy for identifying nanomaterials based on particles’ volume specific surface area (VSSA)

Regulation of nanomaterials in the EU

JRC study reviews EU legislation on nanomaterials; summarizes different sectors with nano-specific provisions, such as plastic FCM regulation; more research needed to address regulatory questions

Taiwan: Guidelines on nanomaterials in food packaging

Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration issues new guidelines for use of nanomaterials in food packaging; safety assessment and pre-market approval required

French documentary on nanoparticles in food

Documentary by France 5 highlights use of food additives and what they are made of; special focus on nanoparticles

Fully embedded nanoparticles do not migrate

Scientists review experimental and modeling studies on migration of nanoparticles from food contact plastics; conclude that no migration will occur if nanoparticles are fully embedded in polymer; mechanical stress or damage could lead to increased release

Lack of ‘nano’ in OECD nanomaterials dossiers

NGO-commissioned study finds that OECD’s dossiers on 11 nanomaterials are of ‘little to no value’ in assessing risks; characterization of test materials in most cases ‘insufficient’ to ensure nano-specificity

NGOs demand action on SVHCs

European and international NGOs ask EU REACH Committee to take action on siloxanes, phthalates and nanomaterials