Plastic fragments in human intestine

Researcher Philipp Schwalb, from the Medicine Department at the University of Vienna, has reported at the 26th United European Gastroenterology Week in Vienna the results of a study on individuals in whose intestine plastic micro-fragments had been found. Specifically, the research has analyzed the plastic fragments found in the intestine of a sample comprising 5 women and 3 men aged 33 to 65, living in Finland, UK, Italy, Poland, Russia and Austria. Polypropylene and polyethylene micro-fragments, sized between 50 and 500 microns, have been detected in all individuals. According to researchers, the fragments come from food–probably fish–and what concerns the most is that plastic amounts–albeit very low–have been found in their blood, liver and lymph nodes. It is not clear yet which aftermaths these fragments can have in physiology, nor whether they can result in new pathologies.

(Source: Les Echos)