WHO calls for more research on microplastics in drinking water

06.09.2019

The WHO report calls for further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their impacts on human health.

In a report released last month, the World Health Organisation says Microplastics are everywhere and Adelaide research confirms we are not immune to the pervasive pollutant.

WHO also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and reduce human exposure.

"According to the analysis, which summarizes the latest knowledge on microplastics in drinking-water, microplastics larger than 150 micrometres are not likely to be absorbed in the human body and uptake of smaller particles is expected to be limited.  Absorption and distribution of very small microplastic particles including in the nano size range may, however, be higher, although the data is extremely limited."

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