The World Health Organization has called for urgent research on the risks of microplastics to human health after confirming that tiny fragments are found in drinking water.

Wednesday 22 September 2021 15:04, UK

Microplastics, tiny fragments of plastic less than 5mm in size, are a hidden form of pollution known to be contaminating waterways and the world's oceans - and now, scientists say, the human digestive system.

... Both adult and infant samples contained roughly the same average level of polycarbonate (PC) microplastics, according to the research published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters journal of the American Chemical Society.

..."Infants could be exposed to higher levels of microplastics through their extensive use of products such as bottles, teethers and toys," according to the researchers, but they say "larger studies are needed to corroborate these findings".