Scientists have discovered microplastics in the blood of farm animals, including cows and pigs, for the first time, prompting concern over the material’s movement through the food chain towards humans.

The research, which involved 12 cows and six pigs, was led by the Vrije University in Amsterdam. Those working on the project have warned of the implications of their findings, noting the risks to public health. However, the researchers have stated that more work is needed to assess the level of toxicity and how much humans may be exposed to it.

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