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Nanotechnology in the agri-food industry on the island of Ireland: applications, opportunities and c

Project Reference: 05-2013

Status: Completed

Commencement Date: July, 2013

Project Duration: 5 months


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.

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.

Principal Contractor(s):

Prof Chris Elliott, Queen’s University Belfast


Dr Maeve Henchion, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin



Nanotechnology in the Agri-Food industry on the island of Ireland: applications, opportunities and challenges

Peer Reviews:

Caroline E. Handford, Moira Dean, Michelle Spence, Maeve Henchion, Christopher T. Elliott, Katrina Campbell, Awareness and attitudes towards the emerging use of nanotechnology in the agri-food sector. Food Control 57 (2015) 24e34

Caroline E. Handford, Moira Dean, Maeve Henchion, Michelle Spence, Christopher T. Elliott and KatrinaCampbell, Implications of nanotechnology for the agri-food industry: Opportunities, benefits and risks. Trends in Food Science & Technology 40 (2014) 226-241

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