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Nanotechnology Applications in Food: Opportunities and Challenges in Food Industry

  • Afiqah Silon Ummi
  • Shafiquzzaman SiddiqueeEmail author
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Abstract

Nanotechnology has been discovered many years ago, spark of interest about it has increasing rapidly every years. This technology has proven that the usage of it does benefit too many industries including food industry. It is well known today that this technology does contribute to plenty of applications that can be found in food industry. There is lot of emerging opportunities that have been promised by usage of nanotechnology in food industry such as development of nanocapsules, nanocarriers, nanopackaging, nanotubes, nanosensors and others. However, the opportunities in nanotechnology mentioned all about the advanced of technology that can help our life much better especially in term of food consumption, it comes along with the potential challenges that cannot be ignored. The challenges mainly revolve around the safety of our food if these nanotechnologies are applied into it. Thus, it is essential for the researcher to provide valid argument about safety of this technology in food so people especially public have limited knowledge about science that can make fair decisions regarding their choice of food and beverages.

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Acknowledgement

This work was supported by grants from the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) (No. FRGS/1/2014/SG05/UMS/02/4).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biotechnology Research InstituteUniversiti Malaysia SabahKota KinabaluMalaysia

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