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Microplastics: Facts, research and open questions

FAQ to the BfR of 5 June  2019

Plastics are present just about everywhere in the human environment nowadays. Global production of plastic is growing and more and more plastics end up in the environment. That this topic has an effect on aquatic ecosystems has been known for a long time.

Microplastics are understood to be small plastic particles and fibres which are being detected in the environment to an increasing extent. As plastic degrades very slowly in the environment, it has to be assumed that it will further accumulate there. There is currently a lot of public discussion about the possible health risks facing consumers through the possible entry of microplastics into the food chain.

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) answers some frequently asked questions about microplastics in the following paragraphs.



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