Micro and Nano Size Plastic Particles – Routes and Fate of Human Exposure Reviewed

The abstract of a January 2023 NanoImpact article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.impact.2022.100441 by researchers with Germany University of Bayreuth, Italy University of Turin, Netherlands Wageningen University & Research, and others in Austria, Spain, Norway, and Germany reports that “… In our review article, we combine the current knowledge on the exposure routes of nano-and microplastic particles (NMPs) to humans with the basic understanding of the potential translocation mechanisms into human tissues and, consequently, their fate within the human body … small MPs and NPs can generally translocate from the GIT and respiratory system to other tissues. Thus, we reviewed the existing literature on the fate of NMPs within the human body. Based on the current knowledge of the contamination of human exposure routes and the potential translocation mechanisms, we critically discuss the size of the detected particles reported in the fate studies … we emphasize the importance of critically reading and discussing the presented results of NMP in human tissue samples …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastics @unibt