Sea Salt is Contaminated with Micro Plastics
An analysis of 16 brands of sea salt originating from eight different countries found all but one contained traces of micro plastics
Aquatic toxicologist Ali Karami and his team from the Universiti Putra Malaysia studied 16 brands of sea salt from eight different countries including Malaysia, Australia, South Africa, France, Iran, Japan, Portugal and New Zealand. Their findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Back in 2015, a similar study in China found micro plastics in salt purchased in supermarkets there.
The concentration of plastic in sea salt is low enough that they do not present a concern for human health at present. But if plastic pollution continues unabated, those levels may increase and potentially become detrimental to human well-being.
Plastics are estimated to represent almost 80 percent of the total marine debris floating in the world's oceans. It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean.