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I’ll take my mussels with a side of microplastic

18 December 2020 | By

“If you eat mussels, you eat microplastics,” a new study by the University of Bayreuth, led by Dr Christian Laforsch, has warned. The Bayreuth team investigated the microplastic load of four mussel species available in supermarkets from 12 countries around the world. All the samples analysed contained microplastic particles, and…


Microplastic contamination found in common source of groundwater

28 January 2019 | By

[…] the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers – a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of the global drinking water supply. The study identified microplastic fibers, along with a variety of medicines and household contaminants, in two aquifer systems in Illinois. The findings are published in…


How dangerous are microplastics?

14 January 2019 | By

After early reports of microplastic pollution in the oceans and beaches sounded the alarm, the global scientific community intensified its focus into this area. Researchers have since found evidence of microplastic contamination seemingly everywhere – in our lakes and rivers, beverages and food supplies. Dr Natalia Ivleva, a researcher at…


Microplastics found in human food (…again)

19 April 2022 | By

[…] near larger towns and cities, with levels higher in more popular beaches compared to the remote ones. “Our findings shed light on the urgent need to prevent microplastic pollution by working with the communities, industries and government to protect these fragile marine systems,” said Professor Karen Burke da Silva,…


IR microscopy for the analysis of microplastics in bottled water

ON-DEMAND | By PerkinElmer

[…] What are the best sample collection and clean up procedures for a range of sample types or sample origins? Which IR sampling modes are best applied to microplastic samples? Are bottled waters free from microplastics? Keynote Speaker Ian Robertson, Senior Applications Scientist, PerkinElmer Ian has been working in the…


Microplastics found in human faeces

23 October 2018 | By

[…] UK, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Austria taking part. “While the highest plastic concentrations in animal studies have been found in the gut, the smallest microplastic particles are capable of entering the blood stream, lymphatic system and may even reach the liver,” added Dr Schwabi. “Now that…


Riding the next wave of alternative protein

23 February 2021 | By

[…] industry. Consumers are concerned about overfishing, marine pollution and the environmental impact of the fishing industry on biodiversity. They are also increasingly worried about the health implications of microplastic contamination in fish and crustaceans, and growing levels of mercury in some fish species. Set against a backdrop of rising global demand…


Microplastics found in breast milk

11 October 2022 | By

[…] work) revealed that microplastics are also present in some human placentas, an organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy. With the aid of Raman microspectroscopy, 12 microplastic fragments were found in four out of six tested placentas. Scientists carrying out this investigation highlighted that the majority of detected…


EFSA issues statement on microplastics and nanoplastics in food

24 June 2016 | By Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

[…] risks to consumers from microplastics and nanoplastics in food, especially seafood. Dr Peter Hollman was a member of the working group that helped EFSA draft its Statement on microplastic and nanoplastic particles in food. Dr Hollman explained more about the statement: “EFSA has comprehensively reviewed existing literature on this topic…


Premium teabags leak microplastics, according to study

30 September 2019 | By

[…] and placed the empty teabags in water heated to 95°C, as if they were brewing tea. They found that a single plastic teabag released about 11.6 billion microplastic and 3.1bn smaller nanoplastic particles into the hot water, which are completely invisible to the naked eye. The level of “particles…