Tiny plastic found in human guts for the first time.
This suggests the tiny particles may be widespread in the human food chain.
And that raises alarms given what terrible harm plastic particles found in animals have done.
The small study consisted of eight people from Europe, Japan and Russia.
It found all their stool samples contained microplastic particles.
Up to nine different plastics were found.
Their sizes ranging from 50 to 500 micrometres.
On average they are the size of a sesame seed.
Polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate were the plastics most commonly found.
These two plastics are commonly used in drinking bottles and their lids.
The study noted that these microplastics made up 80 per cent of the total microplastic levels found in the eight subjects.
Tiny Plastic Found In Human Guts
The study was conducted by researchers at the Medical University of Vienna.
“This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut,” says lead researcher Dr. Philipp Schwabl.
“Of particular concern is what this means to us, and especially patients with gastrointestinal diseases.
“While the highest plastic concentrations in animal studies have been found in the gut, the smallest microplastic particles are capable of entering the blood stream, lymphatic system and may even reach the liver.
“Now that we have first evidence for microplastics inside humans, we need further research to understand what this means for human health.”
And while there is no definitive evidence yet on how these plastics affect humans we know they affect animals.
There is plenty of evidence to show that these small particles are having a huge negative impact on our oceans and the marine animals who live in them.
Microplastics have the power to damage the intestines and enter the bloodstreams of sea creatures.
Dealing with plastic is one of the world’s biggest challenges.
And so far no government is dealing with it in a serious manner, other than small publicity-driven gestures.