Fish Ingesting Plastic Waste, Study Finds. July 8, 2011. The New York Times. by Bettina Wassener. Health Issues, Food Safety. For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Health Issues page, Food Safety page, and our Fish and Sustainability page. More than 250 million tons of plastic is produced around the world each year. About seven million tons of it ends up in the world's.