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Microplastics found in animal products!

Microplastics found in animal products!

Microplastics are a serious threat to the environment and to all those who inhabit it, these being plastic particles that can break through cell membranes, when this occurs it can produce various biological effects on the individual, such as cell damage, oxidative stress, secretion of cytokines, inflammation, immune reactions, DNA damage, neurotoxicity, among others.

These have been detected in oceans, and distant continents such as Antarctica where they should not reach, and recently it was shown that they are already invading the human body.

Considering the exposure of farm animals to microplastics in the air, water and their food, scientists from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) conducted a study to detect microplastics in cattle, pigs, and in dairy products from animal origin, following the same procedure used to find microplastics in humans. These were the results from the samples that were analyzed:

  • In 80% of the samples, at least 1 type of plastic was found.
  • In 100% of the shredded tissue samples, at least 1 type of plastic was found
  • In 100% of the cow and pig blood samples, at least 1 type of plastic was found
  • In 72% of the milk samples, at least 1 type of plastic was found
  • Finally, in 75% of the meat samples, at least 1 type of plastic was found

With this study, it was shown that animals destined for the consumer industry are exposed to microplastics in the environment and can be consumed through water, the air they breathe and food outdoors that are also exposed. This, in principle, affects the health and quality of life of the animals in the industry, exposing them to an even less dignified existence than the one that animal industrialization itself offers. On the other hand, it also exposes human beings to the physical consequences of the invasion of microplastics in cells and blood, which are still entirely uncertain at this point, but those that are known have not indicated anything favorable for health. .

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VUA Study

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