Focus on nanotechnology at Anuga

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FoodProductionDaily.com caught up with Professor Horst-Christian Langowski, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV), at the Anuga FoodTec show in Cologne to discuss the perceived risks and ongoing research into nanotechnology.

The Institute’s activities concerning this emerging food technology include among other areas its implications for packaging.

Fraunhofer is studying the interface between the nanoparticles and the polymer matrix, the development of new packaging materials using nanoscale components as well as the development of new analytical methods.

Meanwhile, in an adoption last week of a legislative report dealing with an update of the EU rules on novel foods, MEPs have called for food produced by nanotechnology processes to undergo specific risk assessment before being approved for use and being labelled.

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