Workshop on Release of Engineered Nanomaterials to the Alimentary Tract from Food Additive,Packaging and Other Sources (November 8-9, 2012)This public workshop will identify key laboratory analysis methods and research needed todetect and quantify engineered nanoparticles released from food along the alimentary tract, asoccurring through direct food additives or indirect incorporation in food through migration fromfood packaging or environmental contamination. Such nanoparticles may have potential to bereleased from food, traverse the alimentary tract (oral cavity to lower intestine), to affect normalfunctioning of the gut or be taken up into the body. The workshop will convene experts onnanomaterial uses in or in contact with food and nanomaterial measurement methods toevaluate the draft findings of expert groups that have been working to describe the state ofcurrent science in key areas. These expert groups are part of The NanoRelease Food AdditiveProject (www.ilsi.org/ResearchFoundation/RSIA/Pages/FoodAdditiveMainPage.aspx),which will identify, evaluate, and develop methods needed to confidently detect, characterize,and evaluate engineered nanoparticles released from food along the alimentary tract. Theworkshop will provide a forum to identify and retrieve additional information on specificmaterial(s), release conditions in gut and in model systems used to study the alimentary tract,and nanomaterial measurement methods. The workshop will inform development of State-of-the-Science and Methods Development Workplan documents by The NanoRelease FoodAdditive Project that will chart next steps for development of confidence in measuring therelease of nanomaterials from commercial applications. The workshop is science-focused,interested in methods development and standardization, and will not focus on regulatoryactions.
Workshop on Release of Engineered Nanomaterials to the Alimentary Tract from Food Additive, Packaging and Other Sources (November 8-9, 2012) The workshop will release and critically review expert evaluations of laboratory analytical methods for characterizing nanoparticles released in the alimentary tract from food additives, food packaging, and other sources. Such methods are necessary to evaluate the nano-specific health impact of engineered nanomaterials relevant to protecting public health and developing safe products. The interlaboratory testing workplan informed by the workshop will also protect public health by promoting standardized detection and measurement of nanomaterials released from products, so that accurate and reliable measurement methods are more widely available.