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State of the art on the initiatives and activities relevant to risk assessment and risk management of nanotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors

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    FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on the Application of Nanotechnologies in the Food and Agriculture Sectors: Potential Food Safety Implications
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    2010
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    1. Governments, industry and science have identified the potential of nanotechnology in the food and agriculture sectors and are investing significantly in its application to food production. However, owing to limited knowledge of the effects of these applications on human health, the need for early consideration of the food safety implications of the technology is recognized by stakeholders. 2. In response to this accelerating development, FAO and WHO convened an Expert Meeting on the “application of nanotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors: potential food safety implicationsâ€Â in order to identify further work that may be required to address the issue at global level. 3. Seventeen experts from relevant disciplines, such as food technology, toxicology and communication, met at FAO headquarters on 1–5 June 2009 and focused in working groups and during plenary sessions on three main areas: the use of nanotechnology in food production and processing ; the potential human health risks associated with this use; the elements of transparent and constructive dialogues on nanotechnology among stakeholders.
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    State of the art on the initiatives and activities relevant to risk assessment and risk management of nanotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors 2014
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    The present report reviews national, regional and international activities on the risk assessment and risk management of nanomaterials in the food and agriculture sectors that have been carried out between 2009 and 2012. Information and data have been collected on national and international approaches that identify and implement strategies to address potential hazards associated with the use of nanotechnology-related products or techniques. Selected activities by international governmental and nongovernmental organizations were reviewed and the significant achievements are noted. Meta-analysis of scientific reviews addressing risk assessment of nanotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors was conducted and key principles for the safety assessment of nanomaterials were identified.
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    Meeting Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Nanotechnologies in Food and Agriculture. FAO Rome, 27 March 2012 2012
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    A number of emerging forms of nanotechnology potentially could provide significant benefits in various sectors, including food, water and agriculture. The current applications in the food and agricultural sectors are relatively few, because the science is still newly emergent. However, the number of nanotechnology-derived products and applications in these sectors has been increasing steadily in recent years, and they are predicted to grow in the future. New and emerging applications such as wat er purification systems, rapid detection systems for pathogens and chemical contaminants, and nano-enabled renewable energy technology applied along the food chain may contribute to addressing some of the challenges pertaining to sustainable agricultural development, as well as the food safety and food security issues that many countries are facing today – particularly developing countries.

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