Nanotechnology

As an industry which places innovation at the forefront, FoodDrinkEurope and its members are interested in science-based research and development, including the application of nanotechnologies and their potential in food production. Nanotechnology in the food industry is at an early stage and, in the future, it could be used to deliver new food products and improve existing ones. It also has potential in processing and packaging, bringing benefits to consumers and industry. Safety comes first and the use of these new technologies will always be based on scientific research, regulatory compliance and consumer acceptance.

Stakeholder Dialogue

FoodDrinkEurope is acting responsibly and transparently, working with all stakeholders to discuss nanotechnologies and their potential for the food industry and society as a whole. In total, FoodDrinkEurope has organised five stakeholder dialogue meetings, starting in September 2008, the first stakeholder dialogue was held with food chain partners, academia and representatives from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the NGO community. The second stakeholder dialogue took place in March 2009 and the third stakeholder dialogue in March 2010. The fourth stakeholder dialogue on “Potential Food Applications of Nanotechnologies”, was held on 5 October 2011 and the most recent fifth stakeholder dialogue ''Time to Review Achievements and Omissions'' took place on 19 October 2012. 

FoodDrinkEurope is working with the European Technology Platform (ETP) Food for Life, bringing together stakeholders from across the food chain to promote research opportunities and improve knowledge transfer on nanotechnology. FoodDrinkEurope also monitors the work being carried out by both the Commission’s independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on safety evaluations and closing knowledge gaps.

Finally, FoodDrinkEurope has prepared a Request to Suppliers letter to enable its members to verify whether their suppliers have used nanotechnologies in the production of raw materials.