Plastic waste's poisonous journey through food chain


Toxic chemicals in plastic waste are poisoning people by seeping into poultry eggs contaminated with hazardous dioxin chemicals, according to a recent study. ​​​​​​​


According to a report published last week and jointly conducted by Arnika, a Czech environmental non-governmental organization (NGO), and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network of environmental and public health organizations working for a toxics-free future, various toxic chemicals were found in free-range chicken eggs in the vicinity of plastic waste disposal sites and facilities.


Eggs, collected by NGOs in 14 countries -- the Czech Republic, Belarus, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand and Uruguay -- were analyzed for dioxin contamination. Dioxins are highly toxic byproducts of open burning, crude recycling, chemical production and incineration technologies.


Following the process, it was discovered that even small amounts of these plastic chemical additives and byproduct emissions found in eggs can cause damage to the immune and reproductive systems, cancers, im­paired intellectual functions and/or developmental delays.

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