Title: Nanomaterials for application in agriculture, feed and food
Authors: PETERS RuudBOUWMEESTER HansGOTTARDO STEFANIAAMENTA VALERIAARENA MARIABRANDHOFF PuckMARVIN HansMECH AGNIESZKABOTELHO MONIZ FilipaQUIROS PESUDO LAIARAUSCHER HubertSCHOONJANS ReinhildeUNDAS AnnaVETTORI Maria VittoriaWEIGEL StefanASCHBERGER KARIN
Citation: TRENDS IN FOOD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY vol. 54 p. 155-164
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC102356
ISSN: 0924-2244
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924224415300467
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC102356
DOI: 10.1016/j.tifs.2016.06.008
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Background: Nanotechnology applications can be found in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, food additives and food contact materials (hereinafter referred to as agri/feed/food). A great diversity of nanomaterials is reported to be currently used in various applications, while new nanomaterials and applications are reported to be in development. Scope and approach: It is expected that applications of nanomaterials in agri/feed/food will increase in the future and thereby increase the human and environmental exposure to such materials. To gain up-todate knowledge we explored and reviewed the already marketed and in-development applications of nanomaterials in the agri/feed/food sectors upon the request of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In this paper the results of the project are highlighted and discussed in more detail. Key findings and conclusions: The majority of the applications of nanomaterials that we identified concerned application in food as food additives and food contact materials, while much fewer applications seem to be developed for agriculture and feed. Nano-encapsulates, silver, titanium dioxide and silica are the most often mentioned nanomaterials in the literature. About half of the identified applications are claimed to be already in use. In-development applications are found for nano-encapsulates and nanocomposites in novel foods, food and feed additives, biocides, pesticides and food contact materials.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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