Today, food packaging and safety are the major goals of food-related nanotech research and development or R&D. Food companies are working on developing packaging that incorporates lighter and stronger packages with embedded sensors that can alert a consumer to contamination and or presence of pathogens.
According to industry analysts, the current U.S. market for the nan-otechnology of packaging of foods and beverages is an estimated $38 billion, and will grow to $54 billion before 2010. The following includes a few examples that show nanoscale applications for food and beverage packaging.
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