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Follow-up research into health risks of microplastics needed

In 2019, ZonMW started with 15 breakthrough projects about the health effects of micro- and nanoplastics. Now the first results are out. Experimental human material or laboratory animals have been exposed to micro- and nanoplastics. This shows that small plastic particles can cross the intestinal wall, the lungs, the placenta and even the blood-brain barrier. They also appear to disrupt the functioning of these different body cells. Sometimes inflammatory reactions also occur.