Study finds that all UK mussels contain plastic and other contaminants but the effects on health remain unclear, which need further data and studies to determine any potential harm. It is common and widespread that people eating seafood in Britain consume microplastic. Selected samples from eight coastal locations and eight unnamed supermarkets suggested that 100% wild mussels contain microplastics or other debris, e.g. rayon and cotton. These Mussels ingest small particles of plastic and other materials except their food. Compared to the farmed mussels bought in shops, there was more debris in the wild mussels, which were sampled from Edinburgh, Cardiff, Hastings, Brighton, Filey, Plymouth and Wallasey. Half of debris found in the mussels was micro plastics e.g. polythene and polyester, and some parts were other debris e.g. rayon and cotton. The study found that mussels (from various places worldwide) from the supermarkets had more particles if cooked or frozen than fresh ones. Microplastics have not only been found in seafood but also soother food sources and drinking water according to Professor Jeanettee Rotchell of the University of Hull. The global contamination of the marine environment by microplastic have impacts on wildlife and make the waste return to human beings. Although concerns have been expressed by researchers that the accumulation of plastic in food chains may be harmful to animals and people, it is currently unclear the impacts on human health. There is no enough data to say there is no risk. The current impact can be found in animals e.g. whales, causing them to starve or choke. It was suggested that even though there are regulation of some contaminants in food, in the long-term, it is necessary to have regulatory solutions to this problem. These studies are a kind of signal to raise the public awareness on the devastating effects of waste plastics and effects on marine environment. At present, most of debate or conversation are about the microplastics, but not the textiles. It was suggested that the textiles are worth to be investigate.

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