“‘This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut,’ said lead researcher Dr. Philipp Schwabl, a researcher at the Medical University of Vienna.
“The eight participants came from across the globe: Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, the UK and Austria. They kept diaries of their food intake for a week before having their stools tested.
“The stools were tested for 11 kinds of microplastics, of which up to nine were identified in each participant. An average of 20 microplastic particles per 10 grams of stool were found, with polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) — major components of plastic bottles and caps — found in all of the participants. The research did not indicate that plastics were accumulating and remaining in the body.”
FULL STORY published October 23, 2018 via CBS Philly