“Microplastics and nanoplastics in food and feed”

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“Microplastics and nanoplastics in food and feed” is the title of a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Scientific Colloquium to be held June 8 and 9 2020 at a location to be announced in November together with a call for abstracts of presentations and posters http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/events/event/scientific-colloquium-25-microplastics-and-nanoplastics-food-and-feed – The Colloquium will bring stakeholders together to address what data gaps need filling to allow risk assessments for health, what is driving public concerns and what can help EFSA to better understand people’s risk perceptions – “… Microplastics are small particles of plastic less than 5mm in size; nanoplastics are even smaller, ranging from 1 to 100 nanometres (N.B. 1 nanometre equals one-millionth of a millimetre … EFSA identified the need to generate more data on their occurrence levels in food and on their potential effects on human health following exposure … many of the food safety aspects remain unaddressed … Public concern about this topic is high …” – Summarized by Jack Cooper of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative www.adfpi.orgJLC@adfpi.org – Text to 301 384 8287.