UK Government to investigate whether microplastics pose risk to human health

Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, is to study the risks from eating seafood containing tiny particles of plastic. Experts are concerned that millions of tonnes of tiny debris from plastic bags, bottles and clothes in the world’s oceans could have potentially harmful effects on the body.

Someone eating half a dozen oysters is likely to consume 50 tiny pieces of microplastic, according to a report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, released earlier this year.

In its response to the report the Government acknowledged that there is “little evidence” on the impact to human health from eating the plastic. (…) (independent.co.uk, 14/11/2016)

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