Three years of negotiations to update the EU Novel Foods regulations fell apart last week when a last-ditch attempt to reach a compromise between the EU Parliament, the European Commission and the EU Council failed. While the talks fell down on the use of cloned animals and their descendants, their failure to reach a compromise will have wider ramifications, with the disagreement meaning that there will be no updates on legislation around nanotechnology. What is this likely to mean for this burgeoning sector? Petah Marian reports.