researchers in Austria have demonstrated to their own information, for the first time, micro-plastic in the stool samples of people. The plastic particles were found in the samples from all eight study participants, such as the Medical University of Vienna and the Austrian Federal environment Agency reports. The investigation is a pilot study.

The subjects between the ages of 33 and 65 years, living on different continents and not know that led a week-long food diary and then went on to make the sample. All participants took part in this time in plastic-packaged food or drinks from PET bottles. The majority of them also ate fish or seafood, no one ate exclusively vegetarian.

the micro-plastic is Derived from the diet? This is not yet conclusively

resolved “In our laboratory, we were able to detect nine different types of plastic in the size of 50 to 500 micro meters,” said Bettina Liebmann, an expert on micro-plastic analysis in the Federal environment Agency. Especially the variety of plastics have surprised you. Most often polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) were found in the samples. A connection between the diet and a load of micro-plastic were not able to produce the scientists, due to the small group of test Subjects.

After love’s lot is not been prior to the study, on the issue of micro-plastic in the people. Therefore, we have initially focused on a study with few subjects. The results will be presented on Tuesday at a Congress in Vienna. According to Liebmann, then, the scientific publication of the study is to follow. Then, the researchers want to strive for a larger study.

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micro-plastic comes through the car abrasion, debris or cosmetics, tyres in the environment, in many cases, especially in waters. A study commissioned by chemical companies, cosmetics manufacturers, Water companies, Waste disposal companies, and universities has determined that approximately 330,000 tons of this primary micro-set plastic per year in Germany. Secondary Microplastic is formed by the weathering and disintegration of large plastic parts.

The Knowledge about the origin, dissemination and consequences of plastic in the environment is still very patchy. Therefore, the German Ministry of education and research has launched a major programme: 18 projects with around 100 partners from science, industry, associations and local authorities are to be used to draw an overall picture of how plastics are produced, traded and disposed of.

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