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Microplastics: Seas and Oceans

Question for Department of Health

UIN 61296, tabled on 24 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the food chain of microplastics in the sea.

Answered on

1 February 2017

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been monitoring the scientific evidence concerning the occurrence and effects of microplastics in seafood. On the basis of current information, the FSA considers it is unlikely that the presence of the low levels of microplastic particles that have been reported to occur in certain types of seafood would cause harm to consumers. The FSA will continue to monitor and assess emerging information concerning microplastics in food.