Monday, June 24, 2013

Scientific American: Do Nanoparticles in Food Pose a Health Risk?

NANO-SIZED RISK: Nanoparticles, like the one modeled here next to a mouse, are appearing in food and food packaging in a range of products
A new study reveals that nanoparticles are being used in everything from beer to baby drinks despite a lack of safety information

by David Biello

Plastic imbued with clay nanoparticles helps make Miller Brewing Co. beer bottles less likely to break as well as improves how long the brew lasts in storage. Simply H's Toddler Health nutritional drink mix includes 300-nanometer (300 billionths of a meter) iron particles. And a wide range of cooking and cleaning items now employ nanosize silver particles to kill microbes.

Yet, the Washington, D. C.–based environmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) reports that none of the more than 100 food or food-related products it identified that contain nanoparticles—puny particles between 100 and one nanometers—bears a warning label or has undergone safety testing by government agencies.

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