In a new article published online on April 16, 2015 in the peer-reviewed Journal of Food Science, Bumbudsanpharoke and Ko from Yonsei University, South Korea provide an overview of nano-food packaging. The authors detail the types and functions of nanomaterials in food packaging and highlight that quite a number of commercialized forms of nano-food packaging are coated or composited products with inorganic materials e.g., nanosilver and nanoclay. Data on migration of nanomaterials from food contact materials (FCMs) and public perception of nanotechnology in food packaging are discussed. Finally, the authors provide a thorough summary of national regulations and legislation for nano-food packaging in different parts of the world (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania). The authors stress that government agencies and stakeholders must urgently determine use limitations for nanomaterials in FCMs and release conclusive legislation and regulations as soon as possible since nano-food packaging may have impacts on human health.

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Bumbudsanpharoke, N. and Ko, S. (2015). “Nano-food packaging: an overview of market, migration research, and safety regulations.Journal of Food Science (published online April 16, 2015).