The science and technology committee of Britain's upper house of parliament said, in a report issued on January 8, that use of nanoparticles in food and food packaging is likely to grow dramatically in the next decade, but too little is known about their safety.

"The technologies have the potential to deliver some significant benefits to consumers, but it is important that detailed and thorough research into potential health and safety implications ... is undertaken now to ensure that any possible risks are identified," said Lord Krebs, chair of the Science and Technology Committee which produced the report.

The Press Release and complete Report are attached below.