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Microplastics in the Food Chain

Institute of Food Science and Nutrition, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology, 81237 Bratislava, Slovakia
Faculty of Nursing and Professional Health Studies, Slovak Medical University, 83303 Bratislava, Slovakia
Institute of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology, 81237 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Academic Editor: Benoit Cournoyer
Life 2021, 11(12), 1349;
Received: 13 November 2021 / Revised: 2 December 2021 / Accepted: 3 December 2021 / Published: 6 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microplastics in the Food Chain)
Currently, microplastics represent a widespread contamination found in almost every part of the environment. The plastic industry has generated waste since the 1950s, which unfortunately now counts in the millions. The largest share of plastic consumption is used to produce packaging materials, including those applied in the food industry. The versatility of plastic materials is mainly due to their lightness, flexibility, strength, and persistence. Although plastic materials are widely used due to their beneficial properties, contamination of the environment with microplastics and nanoplastics is an emerging problem worldwide. This type of contamination is endangering animal life and thus also the food chain and public health. This review summarizes the knowledge about microplastics in the food chain. The effect of microplastics on the food chain has been particularly studied in marine organisms, and research deals less with other food commodities. Therefore, based on the studied literature, we can conclude that the issue is still not sufficiently examined, and should be paid more attention to maintain the health of the population. View Full-Text
Keywords: microplastics; food chain; organic pollutants; microorganisms; health microplastics; food chain; organic pollutants; microorganisms; health
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Cverenkárová, K.; Valachovičová, M.; Mackuľak, T.; Žemlička, L.; Bírošová, L. Microplastics in the Food Chain. Life 2021, 11, 1349.

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Cverenkárová K, Valachovičová M, Mackuľak T, Žemlička L, Bírošová L. Microplastics in the Food Chain. Life. 2021; 11(12):1349.

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Cverenkárová, Klára, Martina Valachovičová, Tomáš Mackuľak, Lukáš Žemlička, and Lucia Bírošová. 2021. "Microplastics in the Food Chain" Life 11, no. 12: 1349.

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