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ALVTechnologies Philippines Incorporated congratulates Dr. Erwin P. Enriquez, Ms. Jiena Lynne R. Pauco, Mr. Renz S. Bareo from the Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu, Mr. Raymond S. Rodolfo, Ms. Gabrielle B. Palaypayon, Ms. Hilary Anne M. Capistrano, Ms. Stephanie R. Jabar, Ms. Annabel Soledad O. Coronel from the Environmental Science Department of Ateneo de Manila University on the publication of their study entitled “Microplastics contamination in selected staple consumer food products” in the Journal of Food Science and Technology.

Microplastics can act as carriers for toxic materials and harmful organisms, which often latch onto their surfaces. Food products manufactured by companies that use plastic materials in processing and packaging raise concerns about human health as microplastics can find their way into the products.

The study presents the detection of microplastics in selected food products from local wet markets and supermarkets.

Raman spectroscopy plays a key role in identifying the types and origins of microplastics. The experiment was performed using HORIBA XploRA™ Plus with two excitation laser lines (532 and 785 nm), 10x and 100x microscope objectives, and a charge-coupled device (CCD) detector. The surface mapping of the sample was done using the EasyNav™ package of the LabSpec 6 software. The NavSharp™ and ViewSharp™ modules are patented technologies of HORIBA Scientific.

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