By Andrew Symonds, Business Insider A study published in Environmental Science and Technology has found that chemicals from India could be linked to fish deaths in the UK, but there is no conclusive proof.
In a paper titled, “An Industrial Chemicals Exposure Study on the Effects of Industrial Chemists on the Health of Fish”, researchers from the University of Oxford looked at fish samples from the UK.
They found that the chemical samples from Indian factories were used in “the production of a wide range of products, from rubber and plastics to polyester, polyurethane and paper”.
However, they concluded that there was “no evidence of the possible adverse effects of these chemicals on fish populations”.
There is no evidence of any adverse effects on fish, says the study.
In fact, the researchers noted that the chemicals in the samples were used to create “alloys and polymers used in the manufacture of rubber and plastic products”.
This could mean the chemicals could kill the fish, but researchers said the results were not conclusive.
“While there is some evidence that some industrial chemicals may have toxic effects on aquatic species, the data is inconclusive at the moment,” the researchers wrote.
The study was carried out by researchers at the University’s Institute of Environmental Sciences, and it was funded by the European Union.
The UK government is investigating how the chemicals may affect the health of fish in its rivers and coastal waters.