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Friday Mar 25 2022
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Scientists worried after microplastics found in human blood

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Web Desk
This image shows the plastic pollution on rivers.—Unsplash/Ajin K S.
This image shows the plastic pollution on rivers.—Unsplash/Ajin K S.

  • Study shows microplastic was found in human blood.
  • These include PET plastic, Polystyrene, and Polyehtylene.
  • Researchers think it is reasonable to be concerned.


A new study revealed that microplastics from beverage bottles, packaged food, and plastic bags were found in human blood, Web MD reported.

A research in the journal Environment International shared its findings.

Out of the 22 participants whose blood samples were studied, 80% had plastic particles.

PET plastic was found in 50% of the sample. It is used in soft drinks, juices and water. 

Polystyrene, which is used for disposable utensils, was identified in 36% of the sample. 

On the hand, 23% of the sample contained Polyehtylene, used for grocery bags.

“Our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood — it’s a breakthrough result,” said Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

He added that, “it is certainly reasonable to be concerned.”

Previously, micorplastics were seen in the faeces of those who suffered from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).