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Seabird eggs contaminated with cocktail of plastic additives


Chemical additives used in plastic production have been found in herring gull eggs, new research shows.

Phthalates are a group of chemicals added to plastics to keep them flexible.

The study, by the universities of Exeter and Queensland, looked for evidence of phthalates in newly laid herring gull eggs – and found up to six types of phthalate per egg.

Phthalates function as pro-oxidants – potentially causing “oxidative stress” that can damage cells. MORE