microplastics

The microplastics

Microplastics are tiny plastic debris smaller than 5 millimeters that originated from rubbish or objects that did not receive correct disposal and contaminated the environment. The world’s increasing consumption of plastics, and rudeness by some part of the global population, has created an environmental problem as there is no land or sea free from plastic pollution. Floating debris created in the ocean an island of plastic waste as large as the entire surface of France. Debris can be found in the land and in the farms too. 

The plastic is leaking into the food chain and, according to a study by the University of Newcastle (Australia) and WWF, every person through the food could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week; the equivalent of credit card.

Health risks

At the moment there is not enough data to understand the negative effects of plastics on the human body but, for sure, there could be nothing positive in eating microplastics.

Some studies are already suggesting that after consuming microplastics in food these substances may transfer into tissues while other observations suggest that engineered nanoparticles can enter the human cells and cause severe health problems. 

If we don’t want to test ourselves on the consequences of plastics in food we must act now and call for governments to step up and play a key role in reducing consumption of plastic materials.

Our solution to the problem

Xnext®, meanwhile, has already developed a solution to reduce the risks of finding contaminated foods. XSpectra® our patented technology installed in food production factories can scan products in a few milliseconds and detect microplastics before you find it in your meal.

Xnext’s obtained great results in the line in which is installed finding a lot of foreign bodies undetectable by traditional systems and saved entire batches of filled pasta, spreadable cheese, meat and biscuits from waste. 

In the last few years the public’s general attitude towards health and safety has changed a lot, for the better. In this scenario our company helps food producers to ensure quality and safety for all their consumers and prevent plastic contaminations and food waste for a greener future.

Sources:

https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/microplastics-and-nanoplastics-food-emerging-issue

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/newsroom/featured/plastic-ingestion-by-people-could-be-equating-to-a-credit-card-a-week