Microplastic Contamination of Chicken Meat and Fish through Plastic Cutting Boards

Rana Zeeshan Habib, Ruwaya Al Kindi, Feras Al Salem, Wajeeh Faris Kittaneh, Vijo Poulose, Syed Haris Iftikhar, Abdel Hamid Ismail Mourad, Thies Thiemann

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Abstract

Microplastic contamination was found in fish and chicken bought on the market, in food stores and in chain supermarkets in the Middle East with the contamination ranging from 0.03 ± 0.04 to 1.19 ± 0.72 particles per gram of meat in chicken and from 0.014 ± 0.024 to 2.6 ± 2.8 particles per gram in fish. Only one fish was found to be free of microplastic. The source of the microplastic was established to be the polythene-based plastic cutting board the food was cut on. More microplastic contamination was found in food cut from the bone than in cut fillets when the fillets themselves were prepared on surfaces other than plastic. Washing the fish and chicken before food preparation decreased but did not completely remove the microplastic contamination. The fate of the microplastic in grilled fish was studied. The mechanical properties of typical plastic cutting boards commercially used in the markets were investigated in the form of tensile, hardness, and wear tests. Overall, the plastic cutting boards showed similar wear rates.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13442
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Keywords

  • food contamination
  • food preparation
  • microplastics
  • plastic cutting boards
  • wastewater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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