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Microplastics found in fruit and vegetables prompts call for urgent investigation

Christian Fernsby |
The discovery of microplastics in fruit and vegetables has prompted calls for an urgent investigation into the impacts on health.

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Tiny pieces of plastic have been absorbed into commonly eaten types of fruit, a study in the journal Environmental Research found.

It also found that apples are the most contaminated fruit while carrots are the most contaminated vegetables.

The research highlighted “worrying” estimated daily intakes for adults and children of plastic particles, though they were lower than from drinking mineral water in plastic bottles.

The researchers from universities in Italy and Tunisia called for urgent studies to investigate for the possible effects of microplastics on human health.

A second piece of research in the journal Nature Sustainability found microplastics can be absorbed by the roots of lettuce and wheat crops and transported to edible parts of the plants above ground.

The findings have prompted calls from campaigners to find out the health implications of microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic that can be formed as larger plastics degrade, in food.

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