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Lawmakers push for federal ban on microbeads after study finds them in food supply

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Tiny plastic beads found in soap, body washes and toothpaste could soon be banned because they’re finding their way into Long Island Sound and into the food supply.

Sen. Chris Murphy said he’ll be meeting with scientists in Connecticut on Friday.

State lawmakers said they already passed a ban on “microbeads,” but since companies still have three years to phase them out of products, they can still be found.

The microscopic exfoliating beads are showing up in fish, according to scientists. Some of the beads are so small, they pass through water filtration systems without disintegrating.

A recent study by Southern Connecticut State University found dozens of the tiny plastic beads in fish over a span of just two days this past summer.

The beads look like fish eggs, so fish and other marine life eat them. Then humans eat those fish.

That’s why Connecticut lawmakers banned them.

Scientists pointed out that water from many other states flow into Long Island Sound, so a single state ban won’t do much.

Murphy said that’s the reason he’s pushing for a federal ban.

He said he’s part of legislation that was introduced in Washington D.C. earlier this year. He wants retailers to stop selling the bead-containing products altogether.

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