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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Food contaminants

Microplastics: risks to the environment and health

Published on 28/10/2020

Keywords : Microplastics, Food contaminants

Microplastics range in size from 5 millimetres down to a few hundred nanometres, making them 70 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair. Microplastics are ubiquitous in the environment: they are found in air, in homes, in rivers, on land and in oceans. All living species, from the smallest (e.g. zooplankton) to the largest (e.g. whales), can ingest them.

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