CONSUMERS’ AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE OF NANOFOOD IN MALAYSIA

  • Nor Akhmal Hasmin Centre of Foundation Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor, Kampus Dengkil, 43800 Dengkil, Selangor
  • Anida Mahmood Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Najwa Azizun Centre of Foundation Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor, Kampus Dengkil, 43800 Dengkil, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Nur Hafidah Abd Kadir Centre of Foundation Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor, Kampus Dengkil, 43800 Dengkil, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Juan Matmin Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Abstract

The integration of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in the food and agriculture industry is now common and rampant among giant food manufacturers to enhance the quality, functionality, and physicality of food products. However, consumers have not been consulted and informed on the use of ENMs in food despite various potential safety and health risks associated with oral exposure of ENMs illustrated from scientific studies. In the European Union, the food law was amended to include provisions on nanotechnology after conducting a public consultation to explore public awareness and perception of nanotechnology. In the absence of a specific regulatory framework for nanofood in Malaysia, this study aims to analyse consumers’ awareness and knowledge of nanofood. The result from the study serves as an invaluable input to the regulatory authority in framing any regulatory reform to regulate nanofood. A survey was conducted using a closed-ended questionnaire distributed online. The result indicates that the awareness and understanding of nanofood are still lacking and not satisfactory.


                                 


Keywords: nanofood and nanotechnology, nanofood labelling, public understanding and knowledge

Published
2021-08-20
How to Cite
HASMIN, Nor Akhmal et al. CONSUMERS’ AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE OF NANOFOOD IN MALAYSIA. Social and Management Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 18, n. 2, p. 23-46, aug. 2021. ISSN 0128-1089. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/SMRJ/article/view/14894>. Date accessed: 21 may 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.24191/smrj.v18i2.14894.

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