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Nanotechnology in the Agri-Food Industry on the Island of Ireland: Applications, Opportunities and Challenges


<p>The use of nanotechnology in the AgriFood industry has increased in recent years and it is predicted to grow rapidly over the next few years. Its potential for providing safer and more nutritious foods is important; however, there are still many uncertainties about the technology and its applications.</p>

<p>This review addressed the risks and opportunities from a range of nanotechnology applications in the AgriFood industry on the island of Ireland. It involved an analysis of the current literature and an interrogation of the current regulatory and industrial knowledge base to identify and rank the likely impacts of nanotechnology on the AgriFood industry as well as the implications for consumer health, choice and confidence. The project also considered possible communications options/strategies which would foment trust and thereby underscore consumer confidence in the technology and the regulatory regime.</p>

Elliott, Chris
Queen's University - Belfast
Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown
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