Micro and Nanoplastics (MNPs) Particles – Effects and Impacts on Food Safety Examined

According to the abstract of an April 2023 Trends in Analytical Chemistry article by researchers from Australia, Germany, UK, Thailand and the Czech Republic “… The effects of Micro and nanoplastics (MNPs) particles on food safety and security remain largely unknown … Multiple analytical methods must be combined to elucidate how MNPs affect food safety and security … To understand the scale of the problem and develop mitigation strategies, there is a need to characterise the effects and impacts of MNP. Here, we discuss the main MNP entry pathways into the human food chain and their effects/impact on food and feed sources, identifying major research gaps hindering robust risk assessments of MNP pollution … Data of this type is essential to support policy development and legislation to prevent further MNP pollution from causing food safety and security problems worldwide …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastics #PlasticFoodPackaging @CSIRO