Current frontiers and recommendations for the study of microplastics in seafood

Type Article
Date 2019-07
Language English
Author(s) Dehaut AlexandreORCID1, Hermabessiere LudovicORCID1, Duflos Guillaume1
Affiliation(s) 1 : ANSES, Lab Secur Aliments, Blvd Bassin Napoleon, F-62200 Boulogne Sur Mer, France.
Source Trac-trends In Analytical Chemistry (0165-9936) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2019-07 , Vol. 116 , P. 346-359
DOI 10.1016/j.trac.2018.11.011
WOS© Times Cited 116
Keyword(s) Microplastics, Seafood, Methods, Limits, Recommendations

For seventy years, mass plastic production and waste mismanagement have resulted in huge pollution of the environment, including the marine environment. The first mention of seafood contaminated by microplastics was recorded in the seventies, and to date numerous studies have been carried out on shellfish, fish and crustaceans. Based on an ad hoc corpus, the current review aims to report on the numerous practices and methodologies described so far. By examining multiple aspects including problems related to the definition of the term microplastic, contamination at the laboratory scale, sampling and isolation, and quantification and identification, the aim was to point out current limitations and the needs to improve and harmonise practices for future studies on microplastics in seafood. A final part is devoted to the minimum information for publication of microplastics studies (MIMS). Based on the aspects discussed, MIMS act as a starting point for harmonisation of analyses.

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