Welcome to the new industrial revolution – the age of Nanotechnology!


• Nanotechnology can be defined as an extensive field of applied science and technology, which deals with matter on the atomic and     molecular scale, usually 1-100 Nanometer (Nm).   The prefix “nano” means “one billionth”.  One Nanometer (1nm) is one billionth         
of a meter (10−9).  On a comparative scale:


• If a marble were a nanometer in size, then one meter would be the size of the Earth
• An ant is about 5 million nanometers long
• A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick
• A bacteria cell is is about 10,000 nanometers wide
• A virus is about 100 nanometers wide
• DNA strand is about 2 nanometers wide

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A few current uses and benefits of nanotechnology in food and food packaging

Extending shelf life: nano-silica packaging keeps gases from entering plastic packaging (ex: used in Miller Lite beer bottles and Cadbury chocolate bar wrappers) and adhesive labels inside packages prevent oxygen getting in and causing spoilage (Examples include processed meats and ready-to-eat meals).


Germ-Killers: Nanosilver and Nanocopper for antimicrobial coatings, packaging, etc.


Absorb Moisture: to prevent spoilage in packaged meat, poultry, and fish.


Nano Health Supplements: drinks for children that contains iron Nanoparticles or encapsulates supplements in nano lipid (fat) bubbles. “Active” Packaging: nano-sensors may allow for traceability and monitoring of food storage conditions (ex: products packaging could change colors when contents are spoiling or contaminated).

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