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Greenpeace wants tighter regulation of plastic pollution

By Chanda JL, chinapost.com.tw

291 days ago   Article ID# 3877912
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Greenpeace East Asia

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (chinapost.com.tw) - Greenpeace urged the Taiwanese government to look into seafood safety measures on Wednesday, citing overseas studies that say plastic pollution in the ocean has contaminated seafood on the market.

Fay Lee (李芳怡), a senior communications officer at Greenpeace East Asia, stated during a press conference that there are currently no studies in Taiwan that confirm the overseas study that claims plastic contamination in seafood.

"The government should look into it as soon as possible to ensure the health and safety of the people" Lee said.

According to overseas statistics, plastic accounts for 60 to 80 percent of the garbage in the world's oceans, she stated.

Every year, around 8 million tons of plastic waste material are released into the sea which turns into microplastic particles and contains poisonous toxins such as Plasticizers, Bisphenol A (BPA), Nonylphenol, Polychlorobiphenyl (PCB), and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), according to Greenpeace.

The overseas study pointed out that living creatures in the oceans such as shellfish mistakenly eat particles from micro plastic as food. Humans tend to eat fish, so indirectly these pollutants are entering our body, Lee said.

Samples from the English Channel show that 36.5 percent of the fish contained plastic in them. Of 121 types of fish from the Mediterranean Sea, 18.2 percent of the swordfish, blue-finned tuna and albacore tuna were found to contain pieces of plastic in their body.

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