Microplastics – Presence in Placentas and Meconium Reported

The abstract of an October 21, 2022, American Chemical Society Environmental Science and Technology article https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c04706 by researchers with China Fudan University notes that “… Pregnancy and infancy are vulnerable times for detrimental environmental exposures. However, the exposure situation of microplastics (MPs) for mother–infant pairs and the adverse health effect of MPs are largely unknown … we explored MP exposure in placentas and meconium samples, and the potential correlation of MP exposure with microbiota in placentas and meconium … In conclusion, MPs are ubiquitous in placentas and meconium samples, indicating the wide exposure of pregnant women and infants. Moreover, our findings may support a link between high concentration of MPs and microbiota genera in placentas and meconium. Additionally, there were several significant associations between the particle size of MPs in 50–100 μm and meconium microbiota …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic