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