Plastic Particles in Human Blood Reported

The abstract of a May 2002 Environment International article by researchers with Netherlands Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam University report on the development of an analytical method for assessing “… polymer mass concentrations in human whole blood … This study’s goal was to develop a robust and sensitive sampling and analytical method … and apply it to measure plastic particles ≥700 nm in human whole blood from 22 healthy volunteers … Polyethylene terephthalatepolyethylene and polymers of styrene (a sum parameter of polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, acetonitrile butadiene styrene etc.) were the most widely encountered, followed by poly(methyl methacrylate) … This pioneering human biomonitoring study demonstrated that plastic particles are bioavailable for uptake into the human bloodstream. An understanding of the exposure of these substances in humans and the associated hazard of such exposure is needed to determine whether or not plastic particle exposure is a public health risk …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastics @VUamsterdam