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34 evaluation of safety assessment, which will ensure that food additives, once permitted, are kept under continuous observation and re-evaluation. The Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients Regulation (EC) 258/97 requires safety assessment of any food product, which does not have a significant history of use, or is produced using a new production process, which gives rise to significant changes in the composition, structure, or function. The legislation is being reviewed in Europe with specific reference to foods modified by new production processes, such as nanotechnology and nanoscience. Conclusion An overview of nanotechnology applications in the food and related sectors shows they offer a variety of benefits to the whole food chain – from new or improved tastes, textures, to a potential reduction in the dietary intake of fat and other food additives, enhanced absorption of nutrients, preservation of quality and freshness, and better traceability and security of food products. However, although predicted to grow rapidly in the future, most food related applications are currently at R&D stage. There are also a number of knowledge gaps in our current understanding of the properties, behaviour and effects of nanomaterials, which make it difficult to assess the potential risk to consumers. A careful consideration of the nature of materials and applications can, however, provide a basis for conceptual risk assessment. For example, products containing natural food nano-structures may not require as detailed evaluation as the products containing insoluble/biopersistent nanomaterials. The existence of stringent regulatory controls provides reassurance that only safe products derived from nanotechnologies will be permitted on the market. There is, however, a need for a case-by-case safety evaluation of nanotechnologyderived food products, as recommended in the recent EFSA opinion (EFSA, 2009), before they are placed on the market. References _______________________________________________ Bradley E.L., Castle L. & Chaudhry Q. 2010. Nanoparticles in food contact materials and articles, in preparation.

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