11 June 2010 19:01 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Nanosilver may pose health risks and should not be used in consumer products, the president of ?xml:namespace>
“Until we are in a position to reliably rule out potential health risks, we recommend that manufacturers refrain from using nanosilver in consumer products”, said Andreas Hensel, head of Berlin-based Bundesinstitut fur Risikobewertung (BfR).
It was not possible at the present time to determine in a definitive manner whether nanosilver constituted a health risk for consumers, he added.
Nanosilver, because of its antimicrobial properties, is a widely used nanomaterial. It has applications in consumer products, including household appliances, textiles, cosmetics and coatings, among others.
However, the agency felt there was a need for research on the use of nanoscale silver as an antimicrobial material. It added that nanosilver was not approved for use in food products.
To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.
Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index|