The Dutch vmt magazine informs the public about Imptox!
In its May 2022 edition on Food Safety & Quality, vmt talks about the possible risks of micro- and nanoplastics on human health and explains the research carried out in Imptox.
One of the possible routes through which micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) enter the human body is food & drink. At this stage, it is not clear where they wind up in our body after ingestion and how they may affect our health.
In Imptox, 12 partners from 8 European countries are collaborating to better understand this phenomenon. Imptox scientists aim to develop innovative tools to identify, extract, characterize, and quantify MNPs, evaluate MNP prevalence in the environment, track MNP fate, accumulation, and toxicity in pre-clinical studies, and investigate MNP exposure in children. Particular attention will be placed on the possible relationship between micro- and nanoplistics and allergic disease.
In order to do so, one of the tasks of Imptox researchers will be to measure human exposure to micro- and nanoplastics by quantifying and characterizing MNPs in allergenic seafood and coastal aerosol and by evaluating the accumulation of nanoplastics (NPs) in plants irrigated with water containing NPs. Prof. Andreja Rajkovic and Mohamed F. Abdallah from the Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health at Ghent University will study the role of MNPs as carriers of potentially toxic material adsorbed to their surface and evaluate the potential of MNPs to serve as vectors for foodborne pathogens and microbial toxins.