Newspaper article China Post

Greenpeace Wants Tighter Regulation of Plastic Pollution

Newspaper article China Post

Greenpeace Wants Tighter Regulation of Plastic Pollution

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Greenpeace urged the Taiwanese government to look into seafood safety measures on Wednesday, citing overseas studies that say plastic pollution in the ocean has contaminated seafood on the market.

Fay Lee ([...]), a senior communications officer at Greenpeace East Asia, stated during a press conference that there are currently no studies in Taiwan that confirm the overseas study that claims plastic contamination in seafood.

"The government should look into it as soon as possible to ensure the health and safety of the people" Lee said.

According to overseas statistics, plastic accounts for 60 to 80 percent of the garbage in the world's oceans, she stated.

Every year, around 8 million tons of plastic waste material are released into the sea which turns into microplastic particles and contains poisonous toxins such as Plasticizers, Bisphenol A (BPA), Nonylphenol, Polychlorobiphenyl (PCB), and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), according to Greenpeace. …

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