Microplastic in human tissue – is it there or not?
The headline ‘Micro- and nanoplastics detectable in human tissues’ grabbed the media attention yesterday (19 Aug 20). It was from a study due to be presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) . The particles had been discovered in all 47 samples of tissue from a repository set up to study neurodegenerative conditions. Unfortunately the hype had to be squashed when it emerged that the samples had been spiked with microplastics and the study was a methodology one, set up to see if the microplastics could be detected. Sadly, this then overshadowed an important finding in the study. There were indeed plastic monomers and bisphenol A in every sample tested.