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FDA Issues New Food Nanotechnology Guidelines

FDA Issues New Food Nanotechnology Guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report Friday on the use of nanoparticles in the food and cosmetic industries.

The FDA suggests that those affected manufacturers should consider several factors regarding how nanotechnology affects the identity of the substance, the safety of the substance, the regulatory status of the substance and whether it warrants a regulatory submission to the FDA.

"Understanding nanotechnology remains a top FDA priority. FDA is strengthening the scientific tools and methods for evaluating food products, cosmetics, drugs and medical devices," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. An official for the FDA said he knew of one food package which used nanoparticles but did not identify it.

Nanoparticles are measured in billionths of a meter. The human fingernail grows one nanometer per second.

by RTT Staff Writer

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