A ground-breaking study published in Science Direct describes how a method for detecting and quantifying plastic particles in human blood has now been validated.
The study, funded by the Common Seas Foundation (UK) and ZonMw (NL), aimed to develop a robust sampling and analytical method to ascertain whether human exposure to plastic particles results in absorption of particles into the bloodstream, using blood samples provided by anonymous volunteer donors. The research focused on five high production volume polymers applied in plastic materials with common applications, such as food packaging, textiles, and dental work. By developing our understanding of human exposure to these particles and associated hazards, we can determine whether this is a public health risk.
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