FILE PHOTO: Mussels in white wine and tomato sauce are seen on plate at a restaurant in Warsaw, September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Peter Andrews/File Photo
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Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates.Mussels in apparently pristine Arctic waters had most plastic of any tested along the Norwegian coast, according to a study this month by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).Last year, Chinese researchers suggested that mussels could be a global "bioindicator of microplastic pollution" because the mollusks live on the seabed where many plastics end up and, unlike fish, stay in the same place.Most bits of plastic, however, simply pass through the guts of creatures from shellfish to humans.
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