There Is Nano-WHAT In My Food?

By David Andrews, Senior Scientist
EWG (Environmental Working Group)
April 17, 2015

nanoparticleAre intentionally engineered nanoparticles being added to our food? We don’t know for sure – and federal food regulators aren’t helping us find out the truth.

On April 6 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to collect basic information on production, processing, exposure and available health and safety data for nanomaterials – chemical particles tens of thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair. EPA said it would use the information to determine if further action to protect the public is needed under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not proposed any such rules. There is little publicly available information about nanoparticle use in food, although a 2012 investigation by E, The Environmental Magazine concluded that nanoparticles “made a quiet entrance into the nation’s food supply at least a decade ago.” We do know this: FDA’s process for regulating new food additives is woefully inadequate.

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