Microplastics – Presence in Dried Asian Fish Reported

The abstract of a February 5, 2022 Journal of Hazardous Materials article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.127093 by researchers with Taiwan National Sun Yat-sen University, US University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Sri Lanka University of Sri Jayewardenepura report that “... The major risk of microplastics in marine environments is the bioaccumulation in marine organisms … we report the occurrence of microplastics in 14 different marine dried fish products from seven Asian countries. Microplastics were observed in most dried fish ... The major plastic polymers … included polyethylene (35%), polyethylene terephthalate (26%), polystyrene (18%), polyvinyl chloride (12%), and polypropylene (9%) ... Marine dried fish, which are typically eaten whole, may contribute to the ingestion of microplastics by humans, posing potential health risks especially in Asian countries. Further studies are needed to identify the occurrence of smaller sized microplastics and nanoplastics and their potential health impacts …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #DriedFish