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PORTSMOUTH – Plastic and microfibre accumulation in seafoods may be underestimated, claims new research. A study team from the UK also believe microplastics carry potentially harmful bacteria such as E. coli, which are commonly found in coastal waters, up the food chain. 

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth tested a theory that microplastics covered in a layer of microbes – called a biofilm – were more likely to be ingested by oysters than microplastics that were clean. Although the experiment was carried out on oysters under laboratory conditions, scientists believe similar results could be found in other edible marine species that also filter seawater for food.

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