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National and international activities on the risk analysis of nanomaterials in the food and agricultural sectors

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Date: 17/12/2013

Introduction:

This report by WHO and FAO presents national and international risk assessment and risk management approaches that identify and implement  strategies to address potential hazards associated with the use of nanotechnology-related products or techniques. The reports is following up on the  recommendations of the 2009 FAO/WHO expert meeting and reviews national and international activities on the risk analysis of nanomaterials in the  food and agriculture sectors that have been carried out since this meeting. One conclusion is that several data gaps with respect to interaction between  nanomaterials and food matrices, behaviours of nanomaterials in human body, methods to determine such interactions and behaviours, and the  relevance of such data for risk assessment continue to exist. International collaboration and information exchange between scientists from academia,  industry and authorities to address such gaps is therefore needed.   

http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/nanotech_2013/en/index.html   

(WHO, 2013)

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