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Nanomaterial’s growth in food use reined in by health risks: Review

The use of organic and inorganic nanomaterials (INMs) in food applications is growing, a review concludes, yet its short history has not completely revealed the associated risks. 

Scientists create printed transistors for interactive smart food labels

Scientists at AMBER (Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research) at Trinity College Dublin have created printed transistors from 2-dimensional nanomaterials for the first time. 

Fresh concerns over titanium dioxide safety as study prompts French re-evaluation

The French government has ordered a safety reassessment of white food colouring titanium dioxide after scientists say they have shown "for the first time" that nanoparticles in the food additive are spread around the body....

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EU project for nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging

An EU-funded project is aiming to extend food shelf life by using novel antimicrobial surfaces applied in active packaging.

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AddLife: Deal means further expansion outside Nordic region

AddLife is to acquire all shares in part of Biolin Scientific AB which has been owned by Ratos since 2010.

Mixed reaction to creation of nanomaterial observatory

An initiative to improve information around nanomaterials will go live from the middle of next year.

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Nanotechnology forms part of EU project

An EU project is to run pilot lines in operational industrial environments to manufacture antimicrobial polymer films.

3M sets sights on Cronobacter with detection test

3M Food Safety has introduced an assay for the molecular detection of Cronobacter.

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Cautious response to regulator’s 'inconclusive' nano-tech review

The antipodean food regulator has commissioned an advisory group to assess the safety of nano-technology following the release of two reports reviewing the effects of nano-particles in food additives and...

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Breakthrough enables scientists to see ‘nanoscale’ mixing processes in liquids

Scienion and the University of California San Diego have developed a tool that allows scientists to see, at the scale of five billionths of a meter, 'nanoscale' mixing processes in...

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3M releases pathogen detection test for E. coli O157

3M Food Safety has launched a detection assay for E. coli O157 which is faster than previous versions to help customers make quicker decisions.

US invests in nanotechnology for food safety

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to pump millions into researching ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety.

Viruses, nanomaterials and MALDI-TOF on ANSES agenda

Foodborne viruses, yeasts and moulds, nanomaterials and development of MALDI-TOF are focus areas for the French food safety authority this year.

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What’s on FoodQualityNews’s editorial calendar in 2016?

From food fraud and rapid pathogen detection to nanotechnology, FoodQualityNews’ 2016 editorial calendar of special editions span the range of the global food safety and quality market.

dispatches from RAFA 2015, Prague

RAFA: Nano, EU projects and US food safety work

Methods to analyse nanoparticles, food safety from the US perspective and insight into a range of EU projects were key topics during the second day of a conference in Prague.

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Getting active and intelligent with food packaging and safety

Packaging from food industry by-products, the problems which can come with scaling up, active materials and limiting pathogen growth were on the agenda in Erding this week.  

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FTC action against falsely advertised UV disinfectant device

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has clamped down on the ‘false and unsubstantiated advertising’ of a device that claimed it could kill pathogenic bacteria.

Reference materials studied for silver nanoparticles in meat

A feasibility study for a reference material of silver nanoparticles in chicken meat has been investigated by scientists.

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USDA grants to fund nanotechnology research

Funding of more than $3.8m to support nanotechnology research has been made available by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

NGOs sound warning on nanomaterial risk

Advocacy groups are calling on companies using nanomaterials to take steps to avoid or reduce the risks in food products and packaging.

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Nanotechnology focus for BfR event

Integrating nanomaterial in the entire value chain creates challenges and requires different approaches, according to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Nanoscale pores stop bacteria sticking to surfaces

A nanoscale surface that bacteria can’t stick to holds promise for the food processing industry, according to its developers.

Modified sensors could detect food spoilage

Sensors that can be read by a smartphone have been created and could be used to combat food spoilage, according to the developers.

EU food safety challenges revealed

Nanotechnology, globalisation, foodborne illness and endocrine disruptors are some of the food safety challenges named in a report.

Valentis Nanotech coating to replace aluminum foil in flexible packaging

Valentis Nanotech, part of Trendlines Agtech, has signed an MOU with one of Israel's agricultural thermoplastics applications companies to create improved polymeric films.

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