Micro and Nano Plastic Particles – Further Research is Required to Understand how Exposure Affects the Gut Microbiome and Health

According to the executive summary of a 2023 UN Food and Agriculture Organization report, titled "The Impact of Microplastics on the Gut Microbiome and Health – A Food Safety Perspectivehttps://www.fao.org/3/cc5294en/cc5294en.pdf “... Microplastics … and nanoplastics … are ubiquitous contaminants of emerging interest due to their potential effects on the environment, animals and human health. Their capacity to release plastic additives or adsorb, transport and release environmental contaminants (e.g. heavy metals and organic pollutants), and therefore their capacity to modify the exposure and toxicity of these contaminants, have not been well studied. Further research is required to understand if and how microplastic exposure or co-exposure with other chemicals affects the host and the gut microbiome … Additional research would help provide further insights on the toxicity and kinetics of smaller microplastics and nanoplastics, and it would provide data on the occurrence in food …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastics #Microbiome @FAO