The worldwide microplastic pollution in our environment is a matter of great concern. Harmful effects of plastics have been reported in various types of organisms including murine animals. We examined the presence of microplastics in four types of shellfish purchased from fish markets in Okayama, Japan and served to the public: short-neck clam (Ruditapes philippinarum, asari in Japanese), hard-shell clam (Meretrix lusoria, hamaguri), brackishwater clam (Cyrenidae, shijimi), and oyster (Crassostrea gigas, kaki). Our analyses demonstrated that approx. 3 pieces of microplastics were present per single shellfish, based on the division of the total number of pieces of microplastic obtained from all 4 types of shellfish by the total number of shellfish examined. Since health problems in humans due to microplastics have not yet been confirmed, further examinations of the effects of ingested microplastics are needed.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Acta medica Okayama|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- health effect
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)