Nanotechnology makes use of minuscule objects known as nanoparticles. Upwards of 600 products on store shelves today contain them, including transparent sunscreen, lipsticks and even food products.
The promise of food nanotechnology, a Dutch scientist said, is it could allow re-engineering of ingredients to bring healthy nutrients more efficiently to the body while allowing less-desirable components to pass on through. European food scientists use nanotechnology to create structures in foods that can deliver nutrients to specific locations in the body for the most beneficial effects.
According to a representative survey, nanotechnology is currently perceived as a good thing by consumers. However, consumers adopt a far more critical attitude towards the use of nanotechnology in food and food contact articles. European food companies already use nanotechnology in consumer products, but few volunteer the information to consumers.