Micro plastic: WHO analyzes drinking water

Plastic pollution is everywhere: In the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. The world health organization (WHO) has carried out an analysis, which should clarify whether micro-plastics in the drinking water a danger to humans.

Last year, a study showed that more than 90 percent of the world’s most popular mineral water containing up to 10,000 tiny pieces of plastic per Liter. The world health organization (WHO) decided to perform an analysis, the results of which have now been published. Unfortunately, we don’t know much more than before: Since so far only few data on hazard and exposure were available, could the authors of nine studies of micro-plastic in the drinking water Handbook, most of which were in any way open questions. The data scarcity makes it difficult to draw clear-cut conclusions.

"We urgently need to know more about the health effects of micro-plastic, because it is present everywhere – in our Trinkwasser", Maria Neira, Director for public health, the WHO said. "Due to the limited information we have, seems to have micro-plastic in the drinking water there is currently no health risk." Just because plastic is present in our water, this means not necessarily that it is harmful for human health. Plastic polymers are, in General, slightly toxic, and the first results suggest that they are unlikely to be absorbed by the intestine. However, it is conceivable that toxic substances or chemical additives are released.