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Infants’ Exposure to Microplastics

Wired (Sept. 22) – An alarming new study finds that infant feces contain 10 times more polyester fibers than adult feces. “We should be concerned because the (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) in microplastics have been shown to be linked with several adverse outcomes in human and animal studies,” says Jodi Flaws, a reproductive toxicologist at the U. of I. who led a 2020 study on plastics but wasn’t involved in this new research. “Some of the microplastics contain chemicals that can interfere with the normal function of the endocrine system.”