Microplastics in Human Breastmilk Reported

The abstract of a June 30, 2022, Polymers article https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/13/2700 by Italian researchers with Università Campus Bio Medico di Roma and others, reports that “… the potential health impairment caused by the internalisation and accumulation of microplastics (MPs) is of prime concern … In this pilot single-centre observational prospective study, human breastmilk samples collected from N. 34 women were analysed by Raman Microspectroscopy, and, for the first time, MP contamination was found in 26 out of 34 samples … The most abundant MPs were composed of polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, and polypropylene, with sizes ranging from 2 to 12 µm. MP data were statistically analysed in relation to specific patients’ data (age, use of personal care products containing plastic compounds, and consumption of fish/shellfish, beverages, and food in plastic packaging), but no significant relationship was found, suggesting that the ubiquitous MP presence makes human exposure inevitable …” #MicroPlastics #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticWaste