Microplastics are definitely in our food, study finds
A new study by Dutch researchers found microplastics in almost every sample of pigs and cows, showing that the tiny polluting pieces of plastic have made it into our food supply, according to The Guardian.
Researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam discovered microplastic particles in every single cow and pig blood sample, and in three out of every four sample of meat and dairy products.
They even went up the pipeline to look at our food's food, and found the tiny pieces of plastic in every single food pellet they tested. The findings could be traced to the packaging, since farm animals' food pellets tend to be wrapped in plastic.
Maria Westerboros with the Plastic Soup Foundation, an organization that funded the study, said, "With microplastics present in livestock feed, it is not surprising that a clear majority of the meat and dairy products tested contained microplastics. We urgently need to rid the world of plastic in animal feed to protect the health of livestock and humans."
Currently, this study simply points out how far plastic has spread into our food supply. But there is already research showing how easily small particles of plastic can enter the food chain – eventually getting ending up in the meals you chow down on.
The next step to understanding the microplastics that surround us is pinpointing just how bad the stuff is for our health.
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