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People who eat seafood may [be / been] also eating tiny pieces of plastic. The small pieces of plastic are called microplastics. They are [tinny / tiny] pieces of plastic from the [waste / wastage] and garbage that are in the seas and oceans. They are usually less than a millimeter wide. They are becoming more and [many / more] common in seafood such as oysters and mussels as well as [other / another] kinds of shellfish. Scientists say there are more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans. More and more are [been / being] added every day. Professor Richard Thompson, a marine [biology / biologist] at Exeter University, said: "Hundreds of marine organisms encounter / counter] plastic at the sea surface or in the water…and many of those encounters are [harmed / harmful] if not [fatal / fatally] ."

Researchers from the University of Ghent in Belgium conducted a [studying / study] into microplastics and marine life. They [belief / believe] people eat up to 11,000 pieces [of / off] plastic in their food each year. The researchers said that only around 60 of these pieces stay [in / on] our body and the rest will disappear [up / down] the toilet. Sixty pieces of microplastic may not [seem / seems] a lot but it will build up over time. They could [eventual / eventually] be bad for our health. Things are [likely / liken] to get worse. The researchers added that by the end of the century, seafood eaters could [resume / consume] as many as 780,000 pieces of plastic a year. That is likely to cause many health problems. Scientists say we need to [recycle / cycle] more and find alternatives to plastic.

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