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Meeting Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Nanotechnologies in Food and Agriculture. FAO Rome, 27 March 2012







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    Report of Technical Round Table Sessions of the International Conference on Food and Agriculture Applications of Nanotechnologies (NANOAGRI 2010). June 20-25 2010 - Sao Pedro, SP, Brazil 2010
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    A number of emerging nanotechnologies could potentially provide significant benefits in various sectors, including food, water and agriculture. New and emerging applications such as water purification systems, rapid pathogen and chemical contaminant detection systems, and nano-enabled renewable energy technologies applied along the food chain may be the new tools to address some of the challenges pertaining to sustainable agricultural development as well as food safety and food security that cou ntries are facing today – in particular developing countries. The conference aimed to: – identify those emerging nanotechnology applications which are considered as having the greatest potential in providing broad equitable social benefits; – promote collaboration and partnerships among countries on issues of common interest; and – promote a harmonized approach toward the assessment and management of potential human health and environmental risks that may be associated with the application of na notechnologies in the areas of food and agriculture.
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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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    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
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    An international expert meeting on the potential food safety implications of the application of nanotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors was convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2009. The key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the meeting were published in 2010 (FAO/WHO, 2010) and are briefly summarized in this publication. This report was commissioned by FAO and WHO with the object ive of summarizing and analysing the information that has become available since the 2009 expert meeting and determining possible courses of action to be followed by FAO and WHO in this matter.

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