Toxic chemicals from car tyres can get into soil and contaminate food

Wear from car tyres produces tiny particles that pollute the air and water

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Toxic additives in tyre rubber can leach into soil, be taken up by plants and end up in our food, according to the latest study highlighting a major source of pollution that is largely unregulated.

“It’s too early to say there’s no risk or high risk from food at the moment, but this might change in the next five years,” says Thilo Hofmann at the University of Vienna in Austria. “Tyre wear particles are a major environmental…

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