From a new study by the European Food Safety Authority Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM):
Microplastics can contain on average 4% of additives and the plastics can adsorb contaminants.
Toxicity and toxicokinetic data are lacking for both microplastics and nanoplastics for a human risk assessment.
For microplastics and nanoplastics, occurrence data in food, including effects of food processing, in particular, for the smaller sized particles (< 150 μm) should be generated. Research on the toxicokinetics and toxicity, including studies on local effects in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, are needed as is research on the degradation of microplastics and potential formation of nanoplastics in the human GI tract.
Government announces plans to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.
Read the full communication here.
A study conducted by Plymouth University investigators and published in Marine Pollution Bulletin in 2015 revealed that almost 100,000 ‘microbeads’ could be released in every single application of certain products.
Similarly, in Italy a law proposal has been deposited in May at the Italian Parliament by the NGO Marevivo, which asks for a complete ban on the use of microplastics in cosmetic products by 2019.The parliament shall vote the proposal by November, which would ban both production and selling of care products with microplastics from 1th January 2019.
Microplastiche nei cosmetici. Dalla Repubblica del 25/07/2016.
Saturday, June 25th. It was a very nice and sunny day and we were sampling along the Pesa torrent (Arno tributary). We had fun, and our citizen scientists were ready to start! After the training and the successful test passed (to start sampling), I have to thank the community of volunteers for support and for the enthusiasm shown! No rubbish was found on the river banks on that day, luckily. But we will keep monitoring and possibly include micro plastics, too. Stay tuned!
Cristina getting some water
Rossella and Giampiero getting the sample
Cristina, Cristina, Giampiero, Alberto, Marco and Rossella checking the turbidity of the water with the Secchi-tube
Rossella holding a nitrate testing tube, waiting for the results of the colorimetric analysis
Citizen-scientists training for FreshWater Watch – POSEIDOMM monitoring on June 8th, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (Italy)@Sala della Giunta Comunale, h. 21.
POSEIDOMM celebrates World Oceans Day! Find our tonight’s event on http://www.worldoceansday.org
HEALTHY RIVERS, HEALTHY SEAS – CITIZEN SCIENTISTS TRAINING IN AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS MONITORING
Join the Movement! Starting June 8th, help the ocean by avoiding disposable plastic bags for at least one year. I made my commitment. Let’s see how good I’ll be doing!
Today is World Oceans Day, let’s make a commitment to the Oceans! Join the #WaveforChange and help fighting plastic pollution!
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and individuals and organizations across the planet are taking action for prevention of plastic pollution in our ocean.
FreshWater Watch High School students training @ Liceo Linguistico Giovanni Pascoli, Florence (Italy).
The outreach part of POSEIDOMM project has started yesterday with the first high-school students in Italy joining the global community of FreshWater Watch citizen scientists! After a training at school and a training outdoor, here you go, ready to get samples! In the picture you can see the students of IV D/L (Liceo Linguistico G. Pascoli, Florence, Italy) and science teacher Prof. Bruna Figliomeni. The students will use the data collected for their science exam at the end of next school year (end of high school, 2017). We will tell you more in the next months…have a nice summer and nice sampling everyone!