Microplastics – Ireland Policies Examined

A June 4, 2021 TheJournal.IE story https://www.thejournal.ie/microplastics-get-into-food-chain-from-freshwater-plants-5458580-Jun2021/ is about an Ireland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report prepared by researchers with University College Cork which “… warns of potential repercussions for the entire food chain, including the human population, if the levels of plastic in Irish waters do not reduce …” – According to the report https://www.epa.ie/publications/research/environment–health/research-361-the-state-of-the-art-on-the-potential-human.php “… Human exposure to microplastics and nanoplastics (MPs/NPs) through inhalation, ingestion and dermal exposure is an emerging health concern … it is vital that all relevant EU directives and national policies and guidelines are amended to explicitly include MPs/NPs … There is a need to develop specific methods to measure MPs/NPs in human tissue and to identify populations with high-level exposure … every effort should be made to remove the potential for plastic to contaminate the food chain and our environment …” @UCC @EPAIreland #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic

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