Microplastic Particles Identified in Fish Muscle

An article in the April 13, 2020 issue of the journal Environmental Pollution https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749119374780 advises that “… There is limited research on the ingestion of microplastic particles (MPs) by fish from the southern part of the Mediterranean Sea. This study provides the occurrence of small MPs (≤3 μm) in the gastrointestinal tract and muscle of adult benthopelagic fish Serranus scriba (L.1758), caught along Tunisian coasts … polyethylene-vinyl-acetate (PEVA: 33.45%), high density polyethylene (HD-PE: 17.33%), and fragments were the most abundant plastic types and shape found, respectively. Among those, most MPs were found at a size class of 3–1.2 μm (∼60%), especially in the muscle, suggesting a high transfer of MPs into the human diet … more detailed studies are required to evaluate the transfer of MPs into tissues and the potential impacts of this transfer on human health …” #MicroPlastic #NanoPlastic #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging