Safety and Regulations: Current Scenario and Scope
Today’s consumers are conscious about what they eat. “Safety” is the buzzword in the current food scenario. Food safety is an area of major concern today and there are many demands on the food production system. Delivering safe food is the responsibility of all the stakeholders in the food processing chain, including researchers and manufacturers. As with any new technology, nanofoods are also expected to face this safety challenge and gain acceptance before they find a place on the consumer’s shelf. To date, there is no clear implication that nanofoods are either safe or dangerous or that they have harmed human health on ingestion. According to the World Health Organization, it is established that consumers are likely to benefit from nanotechnology, however new data and measurement approaches are needed to ensure the safety of products. Incorporating nanotechnology into food systems should be done with clarity on its health and safety impacts. In this context, the safety considerations of nanofoods are briefly discussed in this chapter.
KeywordsEuropean Food Safety Authority Inflammasome Activation Acceptable Daily Intake Codex Alimentarius Commission National Nanotechnology Initiative
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