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- Ton Emans (1)
- Antonino Furfari (1)
- Francois Galgani (1)
- Georg Hanke (1)
- Dries Huygens (2)
- Albert Koelmans (1)
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Managing the analytical challenges related to micro- and nanoplastics in the environment and food: filling the knowledge gaps
Alexy, Pavol ; Anklam, Elke ; Emans, Ton ; Furfari, Antonino ; Galgani, Francois ; Hanke, Georg ; Koelmans, Albert ; Pant, Rana ; Saveyn, Hans ; Sokull Kluettgen, Birgit - \ 2019
Food Additives & Contaminants. Pt. A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment (2019). - ISSN 1944-0049 - p. 1 - 10.
This paper identifies knowledge gaps on the sustainability and impacts of plastics and presents some recommendations from an expert group that met at a special seminar organised by the European Commission at the end of 2018. The benefits of plastics in society are unquestionable, but there is an urgent need to better manage their value chain. The recently adopted European Strategy for Plastics stressed the need to tackle the challenges related to plastics with a focus on plastic litter including microplastics. Microplastics have been detected mainly in the marine environment, but also in freshwater, soil and air. Based on today’s knowledge they may also be present in food products. Although nanoplastics have not yet been detected, it can be assumed that they are also present in the environment. This emerging issue presents challenges to better understand future research needs and the appropriate immediate actions to be taken to support the necessary societal and policy initiatives. It has become increasingly apparent that a broad and systematic approach is required to achieve sustainable actions and solutions along the entire supply chain. It is recognised that there is a pressing need for the monitoring of the environment and food globally. However, despite the number of research projects increasing, there is still a lack of suitable and validated analytical methods for detection and quantification of micro- and nanoplastics. There is also a lack of hazard and fate data which would allow for their risk assessment. Some priorities are identified in this paper to bridge the knowledge gaps for appropriate management of these challenges. At the same time it is acknowledged that there is a great complexity in the challenges that need to be tackled before a really comprehensive environmental assessment of plastics, covering their entire life cycle, will be possible.
WUR-WENR, pre-final STRUBIAS End report
Saveyn, Hans ; Huygens, Dries ; Tonini, Davide ; Eder, Peter ; Delgado Sancho, Luis ; Ehlert, P.A.I. ; Römkens, P.F.A.M. - \ 2018
Wageningen University & Research - 15 p.
Review WUR -WENR, STRUBIAS Market study
Huygens, Dries ; Saveyn, Hans ; Ehlert, P.A.I. - \ 2018
Wageningen University & Research - 14 p.
Ehlert, Phillip - \ 2017
Review WUR – WenR van het JRC interim report STRUBIAS Technical Proposals Dries Huygens, Hans Saveyn, Peter Eder & Luis Delgado Sancho, 2017. Draft nutrient recovery rules for recovered phosphate salts, ash-based materials and pyrolysis materials in view of their possible inclusion as Component Material Categories in the Revised Fertiliser Regulation. Interim Report. Circular Economy and Industrial Leadership Unit Directorate B – Growth and innovation, Joint Research Centre –European Commission