Plastics have entered the ​human food chain.

(Channel NewsAsia)

PARIS: Bits of plastic have been detected in the faeces of people in Europe, Russia and Japan, according to research claiming to show for the first time the widespread presence of plastics in the human food chain.

All eight volunteers in a small pilot study were found to have passed several types of plastic, with an average of 20 micro-particles per 10g of stool, researchers reported Tuesday at a gastroenterology congress in Vienna.

The scientists speculated that the tiny specks – ranging in size from 50 to 500 micrometres – may been ingested via seafood, food wrapping, dust or plastic bottles.