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Nanotechnology applied to European food production – A review of ethical and regulatory issues
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Various ethical issues are associated with agrifood nanotechnology, linked to the ethical concepts of autonomy, beneficence, non-malfeasance and justice (ensuring safety, effective risk assessment, transparency, consumer benefits and choice, animal welfare and environmental protection). Nanotechnology applications are currently covered by legislative instruments originally designed for other purposes. Risk assessment procedures are in most cases not specific to (agrifood) nano-materials, resulting in uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of potential risks. There are currently no requirements for nano-materials used in agrifood production to be labelled. Ethical principles, and societal acceptance require labelling of food products that are produced using nanotechnology.
The aim of this review is to provide an analysis of potential ethical and regulatory issues associated with current and future potential food and agriculture related applications of nanotechnology.
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Trends in Food Science & Technology, 34(1): 32-43 (November 2013)
Trends in Food Science & Technology
Coles D, Frewer LJ
Last updated on December 23, 2013
This work is supported in part by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation
under NSF Award Number EEC-0118007.
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