Tuesday, October 5, 2021  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Micro and Nano-plastics in Food:
The What, Where and Why?

Live via Zoom  |  College Park, MD



The third ACS/FDA colloquium Micro- and Nanoplastics was held online on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. The colloquium focused on the environmental aspects of micro- and nanoplastics, analytical methods, and challenges related to the food and drug industry.

The US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have partnered to provide a chemistry colloquium series being offered online. The third in the series will address micro-, nanoplastics, and food safety. The series focuses on aspects related to food including additives, ingredients, packaging, and safety, and is intended to broaden the knowledge base of food science professionals and the general public.

Past colloquia are available online at www.acs.org/fdaseries

Meet the Experts

Kay Ho

Kay Ho

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Kay Ho is an environmental research scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division located in Narragansett, RI. She is the technical lead for microplastic research performed under the EPA’s Office of Research and Development, and a co-lead for the EPA Regional projects on microplastic methodology. Her work on microplastics is a part of her emerging contaminant research which includes microplastics, pharmaceuticals and engineered nanomaterials. Prior to her focus on emerging contaminants, she developed methods for assessing sediment toxicity and identification of the causes of toxicity in complex natural sediments. She has authored or co-authored over 100 publications in the areas of sediment assessment, method development and emerging contaminants. She holds a BS from UC Davis, and a MS from Cornell University, both in Environmental Toxicology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in Chemical Oceanography.

Tamara Galloway

Tamara Galloway

University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Tamara is Professor of Ecotoxicology at the University of Exeter and also holds an Honorary Chair at University of Exeter Medical School. Her research focus is in understanding how organisms adapt and survive in polluted environments and she studies the health effects of some of the most pressing priority and emerging pollutants: including complex organics, plastics additives, micro- and nano-particles. She is an expert member of several (inter)/national committees charged with environmental protection and her work has won many awards, including an OBE, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize and NERC prize for Research with Outstanding Societal Impact. She is listed by Clarivate as one of the ‘World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers’.


Albert Braeuning

Albert Braeuning

Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Albert Braeuning is a biochemist and toxicologist with a strong background in liver toxicity, nuclear receptors and xenobiotic metabolism. Since 2014, he is head of the unit “Effect-based analytics and toxicogenomics” in the Department of Food Safety at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. Since 2020, he is also professor for toxicology at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany.

Part of a colloquium series brought to you by the US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the American Chemical Society.