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Nearly all children have toxic levels of plastic in their urine and faeces, research suggests.
German scientists looked for 15 'plastic byproducts' in the waste of 2,500 children, aged between three and 17.
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Results showed 11 of the 15 substances - one of which is thought to cause cancer - were in 97 to 100 per cent of the samples.
Levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) exceeded safe limits in 20 per cent of the samples, particularly among the younger children.
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The chemical is used in the production of outdoor clothing and non-stick pans, and has been linked to cancer in animal studies.
The scientists, at the German Environment Ministry and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, worry growing children are the 'most sensitive group'.
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'Our study clearly shows increasingly used plastic ingredients also occur more frequently inside the body,' said study author Dr Marike Kolossa-Gehring, from the ministry.
'Most troubling is the fact the youngest children, the most sensitive group, are affected the most.'
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The researchers analysed the urine and stool samples of children aged between three and 17, Spiegel Online reported.
Most of the 15 byproducts they looked for have not been named. The team noted some of these chemicals do not have 'health critical limits' in Germany.
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Two of those that have had safe limits set by the government were exceeded in the samples analysed.
The full results of the study have not yet been reported. The German government released preliminary results in response to a request from The Greens political party.
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The scientists now plan to study exactly how these byproducts enter the body.
Previous studies suggest microscopic chemicals in non-stick pans can break off and enter the food chain.
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