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[Aug.2005] “New York – Over the past few years, nanotech has rapidly become a significant ingredient in the food industry, in applications ranging from smart packaging to interactive foods. Virtually every major food company is involved in nanotech R&D, and the first wave of products is now hitting the market. This is only the beginning, and it’s clear that this is an area where nanotech is going to take hold in a big way….now entering the nano-food game include HJ Heinz, Nestlé, Hershey Foods, Unilever and Keystone, among others….Nestlé and Unilever are reportedly exploring nano-particle emulsions that would make food textures more uniform…. Nestle may also be exploring nutraceuticals–nano-capsules that deliver nutrients and antioxidants to specific parts of the body at specific times. The leader in nano-food development is clearly Kraft, which took the first steps in bringing nanotech to the industry when it established the Nanotek Consortium, a collaboration of 15 universities and national research labs, in 2000.”…

…”check out NutraLease, the Israeli nano startup established by a scientific team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. NutraLease, a nutraceutical technology, uses nano-capsules to enhance the biodelivery of nutrients. Its technology has been incorporated into Canola Active, a cooking oil produced by Shemen Industries in Israel.”….”Or check out Voridian, the company that made Imperm nano-composite barrier technology in collaboration with Nanocor…Imperm is a plastic imbued with clay nano-particles that are as hard as glass but far stronger…Nanocor, a subsidiary of Illinois-based AMCOL International, is the leading producer of nano-composite plastics.”….

“Another kind of sensor technology, the nano bar code, is being developed by Nanoplex Technologies in California. Nano bar codes are the molecular versions of traditional bar codes–metal nano-particles that have specific, recognizable chemical fingerprints that can be read by a machine..used for brand security and supply chain tracking of foods that normally can’t be tagged with traditional bar codes”….”it seems fair to say that we will be seeing an increasing number of nanotech applications hit the food industry, with some potentially amazing results, from health and safety benefits to programmable, personalized food. Let’s just hope that unfounded public fear doesn’t cripple the wave of innovation, as it did with genetically modified foods.” http://www.forbes.com/2005/08/09/nanotechnology-kraft-hershey-cz_jw_0810soapbox_inl.html

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[June 1,2005] “NutraLease has developed and applies unique, patent-pending technology to produce micelles, which are self-assembled structured liquid particles with a diameter of 30 nanometers or less. Particles of this size will readily penetrate cell membranes which dramatically increases the bioavailability of the phytonutrients carried and protected by the micelles. The technology is utilized for delivery of nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, essential oils and drugs. The formulations are easily applied to liquid systems”..http://nanotechwire.com/news.asp?nid=1991

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Nanoplex Technologies – “Michael Natan, Ph.D., is President of Oxonica, Inc., the wholly-owned US subsidiary of Oxonica plc, a nanotechnology company publicly traded on the London AIM stock market. In December, 2005, Oxonica plc acquired Nanoplex Technologies, Inc., where Michael served as Chief Executive Officer and President and was a co-founder. The company was founded in early 2002 to exploit commercial opportunities associated with novel, optically-addressed metal nanoparticles. Oxonica Inc. is now developing commercial products for the medical diagnostic market”…http://www.nanobionexus.org/bio.aspx?id=22&ref=web

“Based in Mountain View, California, Nanoplex is known for its Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) nanotags and Nanobarcodes(R) nanoparticles. Based in Oxford, UK, Oxonica has a reputation as a leading developer of commercial, nanotech-enabled products. Combining the two companies will facilitate the development of detection technologies enabling a full spectrum of transformational diagnostic tools that bridge the healthcare market from drug discovery, to the clinical laboratory and point-of-care….This is a strategic acquisition for Oxonica,” said David Browning, CEO of Oxonica Healthcare, “because it compliments our core strength in multiplexed biolabeling while providing us a base from which to develop sales of the Group’s product portfolio in the United States. Together, we will address unmet needs within high-growth markets, including healthcare and brand security.” http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20051220005974&newsLang=en

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“April 15, 2002 — Nanocor Inc., a subsidiary of AMCOL International,  is hanging its fortunes on the nanoscale properties of a special volcanic clay called montmorillonite, which under the right conditions flakes into sheets only 1 nanometer thick….Nanocor is pursuing four different markets: packaging, transportation (including automotive), flame-retardant engineering resins and performance coatings. Its plant in Aberdeen, Miss., can produce 7 million pounds of nanoclay annually, though infrastructure is in place to allow it to ramp up to 100 million pounds if the demand is there.” http://www.electroiq.com/index/display/nanotech-article-display/267746/articles/small-times/consumer/2002/04/font-size-2icompany-profile-nanocor-inc-i-font-sizebrbchief-sees-great-opportunitybrin-building-a-better-nanoclay-b.html

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April 16, 2008
The food industry is excited about the potential of nanotechnology. Food companies are very much involved in exploring and implementing nanotechnology applications in food processing, packaging and even growing – but you don’t hear about it anymore. At least not from the companies.Large industrial food companies, no stranger to big and expensive media campaigns, have buried the subject of nanotechnology in their public relations graveyard. Take Kraft Foods for example. While it took the industry’s nanotechnology lead when it established the Nanotek Consortium in 2000, it has since pulled back completely on the PR front. The Nanotek Consortium even was renamed the ‘Interdisciplinary Network of Emerging Science and Technologies’ (INEST), is now sponsored by Altria, and its single webpage makes no mention of food at all. Doing our regular check on the websites of large food companies (Altria (Kraft Foods), Associated British Foods, Cadbury Schweppes, General Mills, Group Danone, H.J. Heinz, Nestlé, Kellogg) we again found not a single reference to ‘nanotechnology’ or even ‘nano’. The same is true for large food industry associations such as the Grocery Manufacturers/Food Products Association (GMA/FPA), which represents the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies.Faced with a complete nanotechnology communications blackout from the manufacturers, it is left to activist groups like Friends of the Earth to frame the discussion. These groups, together with a few public efforts in Europe (such as the European Food Safety Authority addressing nanotechnology food safety) are trying to figure out what the food industry is up to and if there might be any risks involved that we should know about (there also is an older report from PEN – Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food – but this information probably is no longer up to date). http://www.cns.ucsb.edu/clips/food-nanotechnology-how-the-industry-is-blowing-it-nanowerk-4-16-08/

Friends of the Earth:  “Cola-tasting nano-milk and fat-reduced nano-mayonnaise are just two of the nanotechnology-based food products in the pipeline from Wageningen University in Holland. The fact that these researchers were prepared to talk about their work is unusual – use of nanotechnology in the emotive area of food production is shrouded by secrecy. Although the Helmut Kaiser Consultancy Group estimates that over 300 nano-food products are now on the market, the US Woodrow Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies consumer products inventory lists only three food products whose labels disclose their nano content…. 

Further distancing itself from nano-food research, Kraft has shunted its previously high profile nano-food research Nanotek Consortium off to sister organisation Philip Morris USA (also owned by Altria) and renamed it the Interdisciplinary Network of Emerging Science and Technologies.

The unwillingness of food companies to talk about their current use of nanotechnology in food production and their plans for its future use is a huge a blow to transparency. Without any requirement for manufacturers to label nano-foods, or any willingness on the part of companies to do so voluntarily, there is no way for people to choose whether or not to eat nano-foods. This breach of public trust is compounded by government’s failure to regulate nano-food products to ensure that workers, the public and the environment do not face unsafe exposure to nanomaterials.” http://nano.foe.org.au/node/164

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Nanotechnology creates new molecular substances out of existing ones with completely different biophysical characteristics. Particles too small to be recognized by the immune system are a potentially unknown hazard, and many of the nano-materials being sold as ‘food’ and ‘supplements’ are also employed in the electro-chemical industry.  

Here’s the engineered nanofood  Brainwash: “cellular nutrition”, sold as ‘natural’:

Nanoceuticals Slim Shake Chocolate, made by RBC LifeSciences Inc.c http://www.nanotechproject.org/inventories/consumer/browse/products/5107/

 RBC LifeSciences http://www.pagegangster.com/p/98Kue/  CEO/founder Clinton H. Howard

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Processed food additives from low-wage countries make it sufficiently profitable to use nano-ingredients:

Silica micro-powders http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/Silica_Fume.html

In this age of BioComputing, can the nano-foods and supplements induce the self-assembly of ‘soft machines’? http://www.softmachines.org/wordpress/?paged=7

Silica ‘beads’ http://www.cs.duke.edu/courses/spring04/cps296.4/papers/MSSS99.pdf

Ned Seeman’s Lab http://www.molecularassembler.com/KSRM/Refs1400-1499.htm

Colloidal suspensions and biopolymers:

Journal of Colloid Interface Science

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18 November 2009 UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nanoparticles in Everyday Items Caused Genetic Damage in Mice

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles, found in everything from cosmetics to sunscreen to paint to vitamins, caused systemic genetic damage in mice, according to a comprehensive study conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The TiO2 nanoparticles induced single- and double-strand DNA breaks and also caused chromosomal damage as well as inflammation, all of which increase the risk for cancer. The UCLA study is the first to show that the nanoparticles had such an effect, said Robert Schiestl, a professor of pathology, radiation oncology and environmental health sciences, a Jonsson Cancer Center scientist and the study’s senior author.

Once in the system, the TiO2 nanoparticles accumulate in different organs because the body has no way to eliminate them. And because they are so small, they can go everywhere in the body, even through cells, and may interfere with sub-cellular mechanisms…

…The manufacture of TiO2 nanoparticles is a huge industry, Schiestl said, with production at about two million tons per year. In addition to paint, cosmetics, sunscreen and vitamins, the nanoparticles can be found in toothpaste, food colorants, nutritional supplements and hundreds of other personal care products…..http://www.nano.org.uk/news/index.php?article=269

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Written by citizen2009

February 16, 2010 at 4:43 am

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