Action Alert: FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Nanotechnology

June 28, 2011
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When is organic not organic? When nanoparticles are involved. A new Action Alert.

Last year we reported on nanotechnology, the process of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. As we said then, it has no place in organic food. Like genetic modification, it is the antithesis of the organic concept. Canada has already amended its national organic rules to ban nanotechnology in food production as a “Prohibited Substance or Method.”

The FDA has just released its draft guidance for regulated industries describing what to consider when determining whether a product uses nanotechnology or nanomaterials. The comment period is open for 60 days.

The FDA seems to be trying to avoid any offense to Big Food. The agency emphasizes that it is not providing a regulatory definition of nanotechnology—merely guidance to get more clarification on the issue of what counts as nanotechnology and what doesn’t. And of course, the guidance makes no mention of organic foods.

The FDA needs to state explicitly that nanotechnology has no place in organic food production. There is nothing complicated about that. Please contact the FDA today and make your views known!

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13 Responses to “Action Alert: FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Nanotechnology”

  1. Lisa Williamson says:

    I shared this on FB and received the following response (and I’m curious what ANH’s reply to this is):

    “Why(would I email the EPA)? This article and the links it contains don’t give any useful info as to what type of nanotech or how it would be used. I’ve found the ANH to be unreasonably alarmist and inaccurate in the past. Not nearly as bad as NaturalNews (Mike Adams and crew are *crazy*), but I would like to see more substance from ANH. They need to provide more info.”

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    • ANH-USA says:

      Hi Lisa. The reason there is no information on the type or usage of nanotechnology is because the FDA’s (not EPA’s) request for comments encompasses the whole of nanotechnology and all of its applications in FDA-regulated products (food, drugs, and dietary supplements). We simply want to be sure that the FDA knows that consumers of organic foods don’t want nanotechnology in foods labeled “organic,” so that when they issue their final guidance on nanotechnology that guidance will explicitly state that food, drugs, and supplements which contain nanotechnology cannot be labeled Organic.

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      • Lisa Williamson says:

        Thanks for this reply. Sorry, that was my typo (EPA for FDA). So many action alerts in my brain!

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  2. Alan Hooi says:

    We need natural food that goes with the Paleolithic Diet. We do not need a Nanolithic Diet that will cause health issues. Please, no nano foods.
    <3.

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  3. GeoBear says:

    I seriously modified the letter to the FDA because I believe that nanofoods should be banned:

    In response to your draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology, I am seriously concerned that nanotechnology is allowed in foods.

    Like genetic modification, mounting scientific evidence indicates that nanomaterials have the potential to harm DNA and damage organs.

    “Nanoparticles are readily taken up by many types of cells in vitro and are expected to cross the blood-brain barrier that [normally] excludes many substances that might harm the brain,” notes research scientist, Ellin Doyle.

    A recent British study observed that anything smaller than 100 nm poses even greater health risks because it can “access all areas of the body” and can even penetrate the nucleus of cells — which holds the DNA.

    Nanotech does NOT BELONG in any food, whatever the label.

    It is essential that the FDA issue clear guidance explicitly stating that nanotechnology has no place whatsoever in any food production.

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    How Close Are We to a Nano-based Surveillance State? by Michael Edwards

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  4. Jay Albrecht says:

    Nano particles exhibit very different chemical and physical characteristics from their basic agglomerated form…as such, they must be carefully researched as to their effects on humans…before being mixed with any foods or other products used by humans. This means exhaustive testing before use, regardless of product labeling.
    Jay Albrecht, PhD

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  5. sid mailloux says:

    Sir /Madem:

    No place in organic food. Like genetic modification, it is the antithesis of the organic concept. Canada has already amended its national organic rules to ban nanotechnology in food production as a “Prohibited Substance or Method.”

    If the food becomes toxic many will die or be hurt. We can not let our people to be
    like the bees have become first do no harm!

    We and our children and grandchildren can not let this happen.
    Our food is our life we can NOT gamble on this.

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  6. Robert F. Duffy says:

    The FDA seems to be trying to avoid any offense to Big Food. The agency emphasizes that it is not providing a regulatory definition of nanotechnology—merely guidance to get more clarification on the issue of what counts as nanotechnology and what doesn’t. And of course, the guidance makes no mention of organic foods.

    The FDA needs to state explicitly that nanotechnology has no place in organic food production. There is nothing complicated about that.

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  7. Glen Ihrig says:

    I absolutely agree! Any technology that requires as much human high tech as nano tech simply can not be considered natural (an unadulterated product of Nature), and as such must not be allowed to any degree in any phase of Organic production.

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  8. kevin orme says:

    Please keep the distinction alive between ‘organic’ and ‘other’ – which would include nanotechnology. While nanotechnology may have its uses elsewhere – it doesn’t belong in our food or in our bodies generally. Please help keep it out of the food supply and certainly distinct from the very definition of ‘organic’ food – there are already enough threats to its survival (GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, the list goes on) as it is, we dare not add nanotech to the mix.

    thank you for considering these comments

    Kevin Orme
    Seattle, WA USA

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  9. Julie says:

    Facebook will not allow me to post a link to this. I have tried several different ways. This is not the first time I have been blocked from posting similarly-related links, and I was not alone. I hope this is just a temporary glitch and unique to me.

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  10. chuck Infantino says:

    The FDA needs to state explicitly that nanotechnology has no place in organic food production

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  11. wanda says:

    Keep it simple and natural… anything else is lunacy.

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