Take a strand of your hair, divide its width by 100,000 and that’s the size of a nanoparticle, a tiny particle with the potential to create a big stir in the food world.
The technology promises to make food look and taste better but little is known about its health impact.
Some food giants are reported to be researching the technology, though none have publicly acknowledged it.
Europe is poised for a moratorium on the technology’s use in food, while Australia thinks its current regulatory standards are sufficient.
Consumer magazine Choice says nanotechnology is already used in around 800 products.
These include “invisible sunscreens”, where nanoscale particles of titanium dioxide give transparent protection from UV rays, according to Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn.
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