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Euro nano opinion

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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The European Food Safety Authority's Scientific Committee opens for comment Oct. 17 a draft scientific opinion on the potential risks of nanotechnologies for food. The opinion, requested by the European Commission to help develop appropriate legislation, says that established risk assessment approaches apply to nanoscience, though "it is generally not possible to extrapolate the potential toxicity of [engineered nanomaterials] from information on dissolved or macroscale chemicals." EFSA will accept comments until Dec. 1 at 1www.efsa.europa.eu/. The EC advised European Union members to avoid clinical research on nanoparticles in food and personal care products until it learns more about their biological and environmental effects (2"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 25, 2008, p. 12)

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