Aaron L. Brody

The world of nano-enabled food and beverage packaging was valued at $4.2 billion in 2008 and forecast to grow to $7+ billion by 2014, according to 2009 statistics from Report Linker (www.reportlinker.com). The data show that, at $2.7 billion, active packaging comprises the largest single nano fraction worldwide, followed by intelligent packaging at $1 billion, and controlled release packaging at $360 million.

The possibility that nanoparticles may permeate human membranes has prompted some to consider them a health and safety concern.

The report further states that oxygen scavengers, moisture absorbers, and barrier packa…

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