Microplastics: Seas and Oceans

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st February 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

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.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

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.

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