Shelling out for mussels? Something in your dish may seem a bit ...

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Shelling out for mussels? Something in your dish may seem a bit fishy

Researchers say we are consuming microplastics when eating the molluscs, posing a health risk

Cape Town bureau chief

Next time you sit down to enjoy a pricey plate of mussels, be sure to enjoy the free garnish of 10 plastic particles.

Some of them will be as big as 2mm, but most will be almost invisible to the naked eye, according to research just published by scientists at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

The number of microplastics in the Saldanha Bay farmed mussels tested by the researchers is far less than the 90 particles per 250g serving found in Germany...

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