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At least this carrot is safe, we all said through a mouthful of plastic

Apples are the most contaminated fruit while carrots are the veg most affected by ‘worrying’ level of microplastics

Jessica Carpani

Carrots are contaminated with microplastics that could be harmful to humans, scientists have found in separate studies.

In the first peer-reviewed work at the University of Catania in Sicily, scientist Margherita Ferrante found apples were the fruit most contaminated with microplastics, while carrots were the most affected vegetable.

Researchers bought fruit and vegetables from local markets, supermarkets and shops. They were thoroughly washed, peeled (with the exception of lettuce and broccoli), blended and dried before being analysed using a scanning electron microscope to calculate microparticles. Scientists found that plastic participles were more concentrated in fruit than in vegetables and that microplastic sizes varied in plants...

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