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Baverstam Newsletter Summary: Volume 7, Issue 2

Food Additives

The world market for food additives is estimated to be worth USD 22 billion per annum. The average American consumes 70 kg or more of food additives per capita per annum. The FDA defines a food additive as “any substance or mixture of substances other than the basic foodstuff which is present in food as a result of any phase of production, processing, packaging, or storage.” From a materials technology perspective the impact of nanotechnology on the food industry value chain is going to be significant in the future. Better-established areas for nanotechnology include food packaging, agriculture, and food safety, but the emergence of functional foods draws upon developments in nanotechnology. In this Newsletter we present recent developments of recently engineered food additives.

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