researchers found Microplastics in the most surprising places, for instance, on remote Islands or in the Antarctic. And even in the larvae of mosquitoes. Anyway, the tiny plastic particles can be found in virtually every body of water demonstrate.

So it was probably only a matter of time before researchers, Microplastics were also found in stool samples of humans. This scientists in Austria have now succeeded. According to the information provided, it is the first Time that such evidence was led.

The plastic particles were found in the samples from the eight study participants, such as the Medical University of Vienna and the Austrian Federal environment Agency informed.

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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.

“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.

there is 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.

danger is for the people are unclear

After love’s information on the influence of micro-plastic research in the human organism, so far only insufficiently. 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.

As micro plastic, are called plastic particles five millimeters and smaller. You get, among other things, by the car tire-wear, cosmetics, or the crushing of construction waste in the environment, in many cases, especially in waters. Fish micro-plastic reaches the human food chain.

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.

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The Knowledge about the origin, dissemination and consequences of plastic in the environment and in organisms, but it is still very patchy. Therefore, the German Ministry of education and research has launched a major programme: 18 projects with around a hundred partners from science, industry, associations and the municipality to create an overall picture of the topic.