Microplastics in drinking water is becoming an increasing concern. Intertek can help you analyze your products to determine the level of microplastics.

Humans produce more than 400 million tons of plastic per year. Since plastic does not biodegrade, it continues to break down into progressively smaller pieces of plastic over time. These are called microplastics. Microplastics are now considered to be ubiquitous in the environment and, with greater frequency and scope, one of the central environmental contamination problems of the future. In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report on microplastics in drinking water. Scientists discovered thousands of microplastic particles in every liter of water. The presence of microplastics in treated tap and bottled water has raised questions and concerns about the impact that microplastics in drinking water might have on humans.

Intertek provides microplastics analysis that gives companies information about microplastics in the human environment. We have extensive technical expertise using the following methods:

  • Preparation 
  • Light microscopy 
  • FTIR microscopy 
  • RAMAN microscopy 

The application of these methods combined with our expert evaluations enables the identification and quantification of microplastics in selected samples. The same analysis can be applied to other products such as table water, drinking water, honey, table salt, drinks, beer, and spirits.

Intertek is a leading provider of testing and analysis services to the global food industry. We can help you implement comprehensive food safety and quality strategies, and achieve compliance with local, national and international regulations.

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