Nanotechnology, Science and Applications
Open access peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals.
Dove Medical Press is now a member of the Open Access Initiative
An Author's Guide
A guide to help authors get their paper published.
Support Open Access and Dove Press
Promotional Article Monitoring - further details
Favored Author Program
Real benefits for authors, including fast-track processing of papers.
Food nanotechnology – an overview
(32429) Total Article Views
Authors: Bhupinder S Sekhon
Published Date May 2010
Volume 2010:3 Pages 1 - 15
Bhupinder S Sekhon
Institute of Pharmacy and Department of Biotechnology, Punjab College of Technical Education, Jhande, Ludhiana, India
Abstract: Food nanotechnology is an area of emerging interest and opens up a whole universe of new possibilities for the food industry. The basic categories of nanotechnology applications and functionalities currently in the development of food packaging include: the improvement of plastic materials barriers, the incorporation of active components that can deliver functional attributes beyond those of conventional active packaging, and the sensing and signaling of relevant information. Nano food packaging materials may extend food life, improve food safety, alert consumers that food is contaminated or spoiled, repair tears in packaging, and even release preservatives to extend the life of the food in the package. Nanotechnology applications in the food industry can be utilized to detect bacteria in packaging, or produce stronger flavors and color quality, and safety by increasing the barrier properties. Nanotechnology holds great promise to provide benefits not just within food products but also around food products. In fact, nanotechnology introduces new chances for innovation in the food industry at immense speed, but uncertainty and health concerns are also emerging. EU/WE/global legislation for the regulation of nanotechnology in food are meager. Moreover, current legislation appears unsuitable to nanotechnology specificity.
Keywords: nanotechnology, nanofood, food packaging, nanoparticles, nanoencapsulation
Cannotea Citeulike Del.icio.us Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Other articles by Dr Bhupinder Sekhon
Readers of this article also read:
"I was impressed at the rapidity of publication from submission to final acceptance." Dr Edwin Thrower, PhD, Yale University.
- MLA'14 -
May 16–21, 2014
- Formulation and evaluation of drug-loaded targeted magnetic microspheres for cancer therapy
- Intracellular heavy metal nanoparticle storage: progressive accumulation within lymph nodes with transformation from chronic inflammation to malignancy
- Applications of gold nanoparticles in cancer nanotechnology
- Fungus-mediated biological synthesis of gold nanoparticles: potential in detection of liver cancer