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.
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