EEB welcomes Parliament's position on nano in foods
8 July 2010
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has welcomed the outcome of yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament endorsing strong safety and labelling measures for food containing nanomaterials (CW 7 July 2010).
“The Parliament has made it perfectly clear: nano food cannot be put on our plates until we have the right methods to prove that it is safe.” said Louise Duprez, EEB nanotechnology policy officer.
Many expert bodies have warned about the lack of knowledge regarding the risks posed by nanomaterials and say a precautionary approach should be adopted, states EEB. It notes that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has acknowledged that conducting a risk assessment of specific nano products is “subject to a high degree of uncertainty” and questioned the adequacy of existing toxicological test methods.
The European Council will review the proposals later this year.
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