The use of engineered nanomaterials in food contact applications has significantly increased in the past decade. Nanomaterials are a wide array of particles in the size range of 1-100 nm used to improve the functionality of food contact materials (FCMs) including barrier, thermal and antimicrobial properties. Currently, no nano-specific legislation exists at the national or regional level. In its new background article, the FPF summarizes uses, analytical techniques, toxicity and regulation of nanomaterials including a case study on silver nanoparticles to illustrate some of the issues encountered in the risk assessment of nanomaterials.

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FPF background article on nanomaterials in food contact materials