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Trends in Food Science & Technology
Vol. 45 (2), 2015, Pages: 187–199

Safety assessment of nanocomposite for food packaging application

Jen-Yi Huang, Xu Li, Weibiao Zhou

Food Science and Technology Programme, c/o Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 3, 117543 Singapore.


While competition is intense and innovation is vital in the domain of nanotechnology, utilisation of nanocomposites in food packaging has become the most developed area in the food industry. Migration of nanocomponents from nanocomposite packaging contacting with foodstuffs, is one of the most important concerns in human exposure to nanomaterials and therefore potential health risks. Risk assessment of nano-packaging materials provides an unique challenge for food safety. This article explores the current efforts on migration assessment for nanocomposites in food packaging, and provides a better understanding of the existing relevant regulatory setups for protecting public health.

Keywords: Nanomaterial; Migration; Food packaging; Safety assessment; Regulatory framework.

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