Concerns over microplastics in the food chain – Australia

Posted on October 12, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Concerns over microplastics in the food chain | SBS News.

The so-called micro plastics are increasingly making their way into water supplies, sparking concerns they may travel up the foodchain to humans.

It’s hard to complete your grocery shopping these days without purchasing them.

Plastic beads are found in exfoliating body washes, facial scrubs, washing detergent and even some toilet cleaners.

University of New South Wales PhD candidate Vivian Sim has been studying the prevalence of microplastics in the Sydney Harbour and says even she struggles to find products free of the pollutants.

“When I started this research I spent three hours in the supermarket trying to find products to replace all the current products I had that had microplastics and it’s pretty much near impossible.”

Microplastics are fragments of plastic less than five millimetres long.

If there ever was a list of recipes for disaster, these microplastics have to be very near the top.  They don’t biodegrade, they get eaten by wildlife with no nourishment effect only a stomach clogging effect,  they adsorb toxins…..

And the government ask manufacturers to ‘voluntarily’ limit their use.  What a abdication of responsibility that is.