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Microplastics found in seafood

Scientists have found that the ocean returns to us what we ourselves throw into the water. This year’s study found that various shells, molluscs and sea salt, contain microplastic particles. Seafood from waters in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Austria and Denmark, among others, were tested. Recent findings confirm that shellfish, as the natural filtration system of
Published: October 28, 2018 - 14:44
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:25
Microplastics found in seafood

Scientists have found that the ocean returns to us what we ourselves throw into the water. This year’s study found that various shells, molluscs and sea salt, contain microplastic particles. Seafood from waters in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Austria and Denmark, among others, were tested.

Recent findings confirm that shellfish, as the natural filtration system of the sea, accumulate huge amounts of microplastics in their tissues. It turns out that for every 30 grams of seafood that ends up on our plate, there are 70 microplastic particles.

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Researchers sampled wild mussels from eight coastal towns in the UK and eight supermarkets. 100% of them contained microfibres, and some contained other particles such as cotton or artificial silk.

Mussels feed by filtering seawater through their bodies, ingesting small particles of plastic with their food.

The analysis shows that about half of the remains found in the clams were microfibres such as polyester and polyethylene, and 37% were other waste, including fabrics such as cotton and artificial silk.

The research was carried out by groups of scientists from the University of Hull and Brunel University London.

Source: returntonow.net

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