A recent published article addresses the proliferation of nanotechnology-enabled consumer products currently available on American store shelves despite concerns about the safety of synthetic nanoparticles and the products that contain them. R. Kessler, “Engineered Nanoparticles in Consumer Products: Understanding a New Ingredient,” Envtl. Health Perspectives, 119:120-125, March 2011.

The article summarizes available information concerning the types and amounts of nanotechnology-enabled products sold in the United States annually and details concerns from federal and state agencies and interested groups about the products’ safety. The article also discusses the challenges that manufacturers, regulators and researchers face as they attempt to quantify the risks these products could pose and determine how to adequately protect the public from their risks.