On December 15, 2008, the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee appointed a Subcommittee to investigate the use of nanotechnologies in the food sector.  The Committee intends to focus on the following areas:  food products, additives, and supplements; food contact packaging; food manufacturing processes; animal feed; pesticides and fertilizers; and products that may come into contact with food, such as food containers and cooking utensils.  The Committee requests evidence on questions under the following topics:

  • State of the science and its current use in the food sector;
  • Health and safety;
  • Regulatory framework; and
  • Public engagement and consumer information.

Submissions are due March 13, 2009. The Committee will hold public meetings beginning in Spring 2009, and intends to publish its report in Fall 2009.