A small step towards federal oversight for the safety of some very small particles that are making their way into foods.
These nano-innovations have been heralded as a defining feature of the future of our food, but until yesterday, there had been little federal oversight, despite the toxicological risks associated with shrinking materials and adding them to the environment. Moreover, the information remains in the hands of food and agriculture companies.
Now, the Washington Post reports that the Environmental Protection Agency says it will consider adverse effects of nanotechnology in pesticides and the Food and Drug Administration offered draft guidelines on nanotechnology, essentially providing a definition for the industry. If nano-tech is really following genetically modified foods into our supermarkets, let's hope this oversight improves significantly, and that the technology can better deliver on its philanthropic potential.
Image: FDA (via AOL).