Sullied seasoning: Sea salts come with a dash of microplastics
It doesn’t pose a health risk, but it serves up a spicy reminder of pollution problem.
Beth Mole - May 12, 2017 9:06 pm UTC
When plastic garbage makes its way to the sea, it eventually breaks down into tiny fragments that return to us in salty seasonings, Malaysian researchers report in Scientific Reports. In a survey of 16 sea salts from eight countries, researchers found microplastic particles lurking in all but one. In total, the researchers collected 72 particles from the salts and used micro-Raman spectroscopy to identify their components, which were mainly plastic polymers and pigments.
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