[5/18/17] Hold the salt – there might be plastic in it.
A new study suggests that tiny plastic pieces are probably in your store-bought sea salt.
Researchers from Malaysia and England analyzed 16 brands of the savory seasoning originating from eight countries, including Australia, France, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal and South Africa. And the sea salt originating from France was the only one that wasn’t polluted with traces of these microplastics.
The plastic particles contaminating the salt were in the form of plastic fragments, filaments and film. They were made up of plastic polymers (41.6%), pigments (23.6%), amorphous carbon (5.5%) – and 29.1% of the contaminants could not be identified.
The researchers assured that the amount of plastics found in the sea salts were still low, and did not pose any health risks to diners – for now. But they warned that could change as more plastics pollute our waters.
“The increasing trend of plastic use and disposal, however, might lead to the gradual accumulation of (microplastics) in the oceans and lakes and, therefore, in products from the aquatic environments,” the study authors wrote, calling for regular analysis into how much plastic is in various seafood products.