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The New York Times this morning has an interesting story about the use of nanomaterials in food products and packaging. Here's how the Times frames the story:

"Nanomaterials, substances broken down by technology into molecule-size particles, are starting to enter the food chain through well-known food products and their packaging, but there is little acknowledgment by the companies using them, according to a new report from a nonprofit group that works to enhance corporate accountability.
Some companies may not even know whether nanomaterials are present in their products, the corporate accountability group As You Sow said.

"Only 26 out of 2,500 companies, including PepsiCo, Whole Foods and the corporate parent of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, responded to a survey from As You Sow about their use of nanomaterials." And, only 14 of those companies said they don;t use nanomaterials, and only two said they even have a policy about their use.

And, the Times adds:

The "European Union requires labeling of foods containing nanomaterials and that the European Food Safety Authority has published guidance for assessing nanomaterials in food and animal feed.

"Last April, the Food and Drug Administration issued an unusually emphatic statement on nanomaterials, saying it did not have enough data to determine the safety of nanomaterials in food."
KC's View:
I don't know what to make of this story, other than to feel that apparently there is one more thing for consumers and companies to worry about. As if there were not enough on our plates already...