Cautious approach to ‘nano food’ supported
Unlike EU Member States , MEPs support the mandatory labelling of all nano ingredients, and requested detailed proof that nano present in both food and packaging are safe before they enter the market.
The EEB has long pressed for a precautionary approach to nanotechnologies as there are still many question marks hanging over their possible health and environmental impacts. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently acknowledged that risk assessments of specific nano products are “subject to a high degree of uncertainty”.
Nanotechnologies use very small particles which are measured in the billionths of a metre, and give food and other products novel properties. Due to their small size, nanoparticles have a greater potential to access the human body and enter our cells, tissues and organs.
Yesterday’s vote, on the regulation of novel foods, must now be endorsed by the whole parliament in July. The regulation will be adopted after co-decision, where both the European Parliament and
Notes for editors:
 See press release on Council’s 1st reading common position adopted on 15 March 2010