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An example of how microplastics could end up on a consumer's plate

An example of how microplastics could end up on a consumer's plate

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Uploaded 14 Jun 2016 by Tom Skarning
Year: 2016
From collection: Marine Litter Vital Graphics
Author: GRID-Arendal and Maphoto/Riccardo Pravettoni
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The ingestion of marine debris carrying these concentrated toxins has potential to bioaccumulate up the food chain and enter the human diet. However, although there is evidence of the harmful impacts of these chemicals on marine biota and human health (in men, women and children), there is uncertainty regarding their bioavailability once ingested. There is little research yet available on gender- differentiated effects of these secondary chemicals that are transferred up the food chain to humans along with the microbeads. Bouwmeester et al. (2015) conclude that, from available evidence, the dietary intake of POPs and other additives adhering to marine microplastics will constitute a minor component of exposure to these contaminants compared to other exposure pathways (such as ingestion of crops treated with herbicide, burning of waste, chemical fires and industrial exposure).
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