Mérieux NutriSciences invites you to participate in the free webinar on microplastics analysis to discover our approach in detection and identification
our validated methods for its detection and identification
Thursday, 16 april at 11:00 am (CET)
Different scientific studies proved the ubiquity of microplastics that were found in many different ecosystems. Microplastics are highly persistent in the environment, accumulating at increasing rates.
SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Microplastic fragments may be accidentally formed due to the deterioration of large plastic pieces, including synthetic textile fabrics, or they may be manufactured and intentionally added to certain products for a specific purpose, such as exfoliating granules prepared for body/face care. Once released into the environment, microplastic fragments may accumulate in organisms such as fish and crustaceans, and therefore be ingested by consumers further along the food chain.
Microplastics pollution is a hot topic for industry, consumers, and legislators. The primary concern with human health in regards to microplastics is directed towards the different toxic and carcinogenic chemicals used to make these plastics and what they carry. It has also been thought that microplastics can act as a vector for pathogens as well as heavy metals.
AUTHORITIES AND REGULATIONS
In line with REACH procedures for restricting substances that pose a risk to the environment or human health, on the 20th March 2019 the Commission requested ECHA to assess the scientific evidence for taking regulatory action at the EU level on microplastics that are intentionally added to products of any kind. If adopted, this restriction could reduce the amount of microplastics released to the environment in the EU by about 400 thousand tonnes over 20 years.
The vast range of different plastic types available on today consumer market renders the qualitative or quantitative analysis of microplastics extremely challenging and there are currently no officially recognized methods available. However, thanks to the our long-standing experience, it has been possible to develop and validate specific methods applicable to diverse matrix types including detergents, cosmetics, drinking water, milk, beverages, mineral salts, fish products and environmental matrices (e.g. wastewater, soil, sludge).
Dr Federico Benetti, Laboratory Manager EcamRicert-ECSIN, a Mérieux NutriSciences Group
Federico Benetti has a degree in Biology and a PhD in molecular physiology and structural biology, both obtained at the University of Padua. He later joined the Laboratory of prion biology at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste).
Since 2013, he is professor of the course named “Metals in Biology: from physiology to pathology” at the PhD School of Functional and Structural Genomics (SISSA); since 2011 he has focused his research on the sustainable development of nanotechnologies at ECSIN (European Centre for the Sustainable Impact of Nanotechnology), where he currently is the Laboratory Executive Director.