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Nanotechnology and Food


Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

Subject Keywords: Food additives, chemical contaminants and residues
Type: Booklet
Region: Republic of Ireland

This leaflet provides a brief overview of nanotechnology and how it relates to our food in terms of its potential uses, safety and regulation. Nanotechnology involves the use of very small particles (nanoparticles) that have an average size, in at least one dimension, of one hundred nanometres (nm) or less. A nanometre is one billionth of a metre.



Rights: © FSAI
Suggested citation:

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). (2010) Nanotechnology and Food [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st October 2019].


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