Plastic particles are found in a third of fish caught off Britain, a major study reveals.

Plastic particles are found in a third of fish caught off Britain, a major study reveals today.

Plastic particles are found in a third of fish caught off Britain, a major study reveals today.

It found widespread contamination of cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish by microbeads used in shower gels, toothpastes and beauty products.

Plastic fragments and residues were also detected in 83 per cent of UK-caught scampi, as well as in tuna, mullet, mussels and oysters. It is thought the fish – many of which reach the human food chain – are feeding on plastics mixed in among plankton.

Campaigners warn the microbeads are a magnet for pesticide residues and industrial chemicals that jeopardise human health. Greenpeace, which commissioned the marine research, said oceans were at risk.

‘An estimated eight million tons of plastic enters our ocean every year, and whether it is in the form of microbeads or throwaway plastic packaging, the science shows us that it’s a toxic time-bomb,’ a spokesman added.

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