Very small plastic particles in food



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Microplastic balls detected in food

The NDR consumer magazine “Markt” claims to have found tiny plastic particles in honey and drinking water. In peeling creams or toothpastes, the addition of plastic balls is common practice and is intended, for example, to help whiten teeth and cleanse the skin more deeply. After use, these particles are released into the environment via wastewater, where they are absorbed by animals and stored in the tissue. Due to their small size, sewage treatment plants cannot filter out these particles. They are also eaten by plankton, which in turn is part of the food of fish and can ultimately also be found indirectly on people's menus. These plastics made of polyethylene are also used for the production of clothing. Whether plastic microparticles, plastic bags or PET bottles. Plastic has become a major problem for our environment. Our oceans and lakes are criss-crossed with plastic fragments. "We can assume that microplastics can be found everywhere in the atmosphere," the TV magazine quoted researcher Gerd Liebezeit from the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Sea at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg.

The plastic should also get into food via the air. The biologist found plastic fibers or residues of this material in four of the 19 types of honey examined. Rainwater studies have also shown positive results. Love time also demands that the use of plastic particles in cosmetics and cleaning products should be banned. The Federal Environment Agency is well aware of this problem and has awarded research contracts on the effects of microplastics on the environment. According to the "Markt", the manufacturers have announced an early phase out of using microplastics in the manufacture of their products. People who want to make a difference should be careful not to make or use products with ingredients like or fleece, made of velor. They too are made from plastic granules. (fr)

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