23 Aug 2019

Potential harm from microplastics still unknown

From Morning Report, 8:37 am on 23 August 2019

A new World Health Organisation report has found that we're all consuming microplastics through our drinking water but the impact on the body is still not understood. Initial findings suggest the microplastics pose a low risk to human health. But the report warns that they have the potential to carry disease-causing bacteria and they may even help bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. Duncan McGillivray is from the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland.