Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Germany's Umweltbundesamt will issue nano consumer warning

Germany's Umweltbundesamt (UBA) [Federal Environmental Agency] will release a new study today advising consumers to avoid products using nanoparticles, as long as their effects on the environment and human health are largely unknown. The federal agency is also calling for regulations on labeling and reporting products containing nanomaterials. This would affect the more than 800 German companies that use the new technology in their procts.

See here for the full story from news magazine Der Stern, based on an initial report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The wave of coverage surrounding the UBA report, also drew renewed attention to the August, 2009 story linking deaths among Chinese factory workers to exposure to high dosages of nano particles in a factory.