Monday, July 30, 2007

2 Small 2 Regulate

In an unsurprising move, the US FDA has ruled that products made with nanotechnology do not need special labeling. Just as in their decisions on genetically modified foods, the US government seems to think industry is better served if citizens consumers don't know what they are putting into and on their bodies and their surroundings.
Here is the FDA's official response to health and environmental concerns:
We believe we do not have scientific evidence about nano-sized materials posing safety questions that merit being mentioned on the label. (Dr. Randall Lutter, FDA's associate commissioner for policy and planning)
They believe? Do they have scientific evidence otherwise, that it does not pose safety questions?
The FDA is making a pretty good case for citizen review boards I must say. A little discussion around this flared up earlier in the month on a discussion list devoted to synthetic biology where a European study on implementing "participatory technology assessment" was referenced.

posted by ryan griffis  # 8:08 PM

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