Dossier on Microplastics: "measures should be taken to limit the future increase of microplastic particles in the environment" | Food Packaging Forum
Microplastic pollution is ubiquitous and persistent, and it is likely to
increase in the future as plastic production is predicted to grow and
the formation of microplastic particles occurs with a time lag.
However, knowledge about the effects of microplastics on human
health and the environment is limited, and standardized methods to
address the occurrence and effects of microplastics are missing.
Therefore, intense discussions are currently taking place about
whether the risks of microplastics should be managed by applying a
strictly evidence-based or precautionary approach. In addition, it
might be helpful to consider the persistence of microplastics during
risk assessment as it has been already proposed for persistent
Depending on the approach chosen, future work will focus either on
filling existing knowledge gaps on toxicity and exposure of
microplastics or on the immediate development and implementation
of risk management measures that make use of current knowledge on
the ubiquity, persistence, and increasing emissions of microplastics.
In any case, there is a widespread consensus that specific measures
should be taken to limit the future increase of microplastic particles in
the environment and biota, for example, through addressing the use
of plastic and preventing environmental plastic pollution
Link to the Food Packaging Forum | Dossier – Microplastics