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Mussels in UK supermarkets contain microplastics and other debris

by Karl

I guess we are all responsible for our world. Are they still safe to eat? Mussels are probably my favourite shellfish at the moment, especially last year when we went to France a few times. We all have to make choices in the end

 

For every 100g of mussels consumed, it is estimated there are approximately 70 pieces of microplastics, new research has found.

Microplastics and other debris have been found in 100 per cent of mussels sampled from around the UK coast and those bought in supermarkets, leading researchers to call for further study of health implications for humans.

Scientists from the University of Hull and Brunel University London collected samples from eight locations around the UK’s coastline between November 2016 and February 2017 as well as from eight unnamed supermarkets, representing eight different, unnamed brands.

Professor Jeanette Rotchell, of the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Hull, said: “It is becoming increasingly evident that global contamination of the marine environment by microplastic is impacting wildlife and its entry into the food chain is providing a pathway for the waste that we dispose of to be returned to us through our diet. This study provides further evidence of this route of exposure and we now need to understand the possible implications of digesting these very small levels. Continued research will hopefully drive effective human risk assessment.

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