Microplastic pollution found in human gut

Humans are ingesting particles of common plastics through seafood, packaging and bottles, according to a team of Austrian researchers

Humans are ingesting particles of common plastics through seafood, packaging and bottles, according to a team of Austrian researchers.

Monitoring stool samples provided by eight volunteers in Europe and Japan, the team found microplastic was present in every sample. Up to nine different microplastics were detected, chiefly polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate, two of the most commonly used plastics.

The volunteers all recorded consuming plastic wrapped goods or drinking from plastic bottles. Six of them consumed sea fish over the monitoring period.

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