Nano particles in cosmetics and food – Are you nanoproof?

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Last modified: 8 May 2023
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Nano particles have different properties compared to larger particles of the same material. This also means that they have different effects to the wellbeing of people and to the environment. The risks that nano materials possess have not been sufficiently researched. Yet, there are numerous products on the market in which nano particles are present.

The food industry has several applications in which nano particles are present, such as nano sensors that are able to detect if a product has been infected or is rotten, packaging material that kills bacteria’s and nano technology that produces lots of flavor but is low on calories.
Examples for the cosmetic industry are nano UV filters in sunscreen and the addition of nano particles to toothpastes, skin crèmes and hairspray to improve their functioning.

Although laws and regulations concerning nano materials are not yet established, some new ordinances about nano particles will be executed in 2013.
•The environmental committee of the European Parliament has set up new labeling rules for food products. The label should mention if any nano particles are processed in the product.
•The Cosmetics Ordinance becomes effective on July 11th 2013 in the European Union. In this ordinance it is stated that:
oNew cosmetic products with nano materials must be registered six months before the product will be placed on the consumers market. Products that are placed on the consumers market before January 1st 2013 do not have to follow this rule.
oSpecific information has to be given about the nano material such as particle size, physical and chemical properties and toxicological profile.

The European Commission has formulated a sharp definition on when materials and particles should be categorized as “nano”. This definition is formulated in the “Commission Recommendation of 18 October 2011”.

Are you producing cosmetic materials or food products and do you wish to know if your product or the used raw materials contain nano particles? Delft Solids Solutions can help you to determine if your product contains nano particles and therefore must be classified as such. Several techniques are available to examine the presence and size of nano particles and their physical, chemical and toxicological properties.

If you have any further questions about nano particles and if you would like to know whether you and your products are “nano proof”, please contact us via the detaills on this website.

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