Plastics now commonly found in human stools

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Plastics now commonly found in human stools

According to a new study, microplastics residues are also found in human stools..



Human data on microplastics is scarce. There is concern about microplastic contamination in foods and its potential health impact. This prospective study is the first investigation of microplastic residues in human stool. The study has been approved by the ethics committee of the Medical University of Vienna. Human stool samples from 8 different geographic regions were collected along with a food log protocol. To facilitate microplastic quantification in stool, new sample preparation techniques have been developed to unmask it in a complex biological matrix.


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