Playing with our health: Indians eating plastic in salt, revealing in a study of IIT.
Are you eating plastic in salt ?
A study by IIT Bombay, a prestigious engineering institution of India that has ranked 179th globally according to QS World University Rankings for 2018, has found that many brands selling salt in the country, has microplastic in their salt.
A study by IIT Bombay(Mumbai) has found that many brands selling table salt in the country has microplastic in their salt. In this study, it has also been told how the plastic comes in salt and on average, how much microplastic food is being consumed by the Indians per year.
Study by IIT on plastic in salt
According to the study by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, microplastic actually is a very small particle of plastic. Their size is less than five millimeters. They are formed by gradual dissolution of the plastic product in the environment. A team of IIT Bombay‘s Center for Environment Science and Engineering found 626 particles of micro-plastic in samples tested. It has been said in the study that 63 percent of particle particles of microplastic were in small pieces, while 37 percent were in the form of fiber.
How much plastic are we eating in salt?
In this study, 63.76 micrograms (or 0.0637 milligrams) of microplastic have been found in one kilogram of salt. It says that if a person consumes 5 grams of salt per day, then one year, an Indian consumes 117 micrograms (or 0.117 milligrams) of microplastic. The title of ‘Contamination of Indian Sea Salts with microplastics and a Potential Prevention Strategy’ has been jointly written by Amritanshu Shrivastav and Chandan Krishna Seth. It was published on August 25, 2018-09-08 in the ‘Environmental Science and Pollution Research‘, an international peer-reviewed journal. Professor Shrivastav has claimed that 85 percent micro-plastic (according to weight) can be eliminated through simple salt pollution technology.
Professor Shriwastav said, “India is among three largest producers of salt for domestic consumption as well as industrial purposes. Hence a study was needed and it has now backed the global discourse on the rising presence of microplastics in our food chain,”
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