UK to investigate human health impact of microplastics

I read about the impact of microplastics on the oceans around the world, and the possibility that these plastics have already infiltrated the food chain over three years ago, when studying for my Masters degree. At last, the government is going to investigate something that scientists discovered years ago.

The government is to conduct an investigation into the impact on human health of microplastic particles found in shellfish and other marine animals.

The study by the chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, is to be carried out as part of a wider, year-long review of the health effects of pollution.

The move follows the announcement in September that the government is to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toiletries after the Commons environmental audit committee raised concerns about their effect on the marine environment.

Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/14/uk-to-investigate-human-health-impact-of-microplastics?CMP=ema-1706&CMP=

Photo: Facial scrubs are one of the products that contain microplastics, which are polluting when they reach the oceans. Photograph: Tim Gainey/Alamy Stock Photo

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