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Human Consumption of Microplastics

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Science & Technology, June 2019
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#2 of 14,626)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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Title
Human Consumption of Microplastics
Published in
Environmental Science & Technology, June 2019
DOI 10.1021/acs.est.9b01517
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Authors

Kieran D. Cox, Garth A. Covernton, Hailey L. Davies, John F. Dower, Francis Juanes, Sarah E. Dudas

Abstract

Microplastics are ubiquitous across ecosystems, yet the exposure risk to humans is unresolved. Focusing on the American diet, we evaluated the number of microplastic particles in commonly consumed foods in relation to their recommended daily intake. The potential for microplastic inhalation and how the source of drinking water may affect microplastic consumption were also explored. Our analysis used 402 data points from 26 studies, which represents over 3600 processed samples. Evaluating approximately 15% of Americans’ caloric intake, we estimate that annual microplastics consumption ranges from 39000 to 52000 particles depending on age and sex. These estimates increase to 74000 and 121000 when inhalation is considered. Additionally, individuals who meet their recommended water intake through only bottled sources may be ingesting an additional 90000 microplastics annually, compared to 4000 microplastics for those who consume only tap water. These estimates are subject to large amounts of variation; however, given methodological and data limitations, these values are likely underestimates.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 470 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 80 17%
Student > Bachelor 77 16%
Student > Master 76 16%
Researcher 67 14%
Other 20 4%
Other 70 15%
Unknown 80 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 84 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 68 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 41 9%
Chemistry 31 7%
Engineering 20 4%
Other 103 22%
Unknown 123 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1806. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 May 2020.
All research outputs
#1,620
of 15,134,662 outputs
Outputs from Environmental Science & Technology
#2
of 14,626 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#46
of 264,596 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Environmental Science & Technology
#1
of 245 outputs
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