Australian environmental group Friends of the Earth is taking aim against nanotechnology in food packaging over concerns that the nation’s packaging regulation standards are inadequate. Citing the use of this technology as a means of extending food’s shelf life, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Friends of the Earth is concerned that packaging nanomaterials may be transferred into food and then consumed, posing potential health risks. They have also become very vocal with their belief that Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has not set stringent enough rules in regulating this technology. While FSANZ has launched an investigation, Friends of the Earth have issued their own report claiming the use of nanotechnology is rapidly growing and that FSANZ ought to adopt packaging laws like those of Europe. The American Food and Drug Administration has also taken note of the growing use of nanotechnology in packaging with an increase in research and regulation.

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