FFC COMMENT: Just when Coca-Cola sells its bottling business this news story comes out. I don’t doubt that bottled water is contaminated. I do take issue with only bottled water being under scrutiny here. How about all the other bottled beverages on the market? They somehow are magically decontaminated? If so, then just tell the bottled water people how to do it, to keep all bottled beverages safe. They should have included at least juices and soft drinks that are sold in the same type bottles as the waters in their study. But they didn’t, which leads one to believe there was an agenda by the soft-drink people to question the safety of bottled water. After all, bottled waters have significantly eaten into soft drink sales and profits.
If tiny particles of plastic are circulating in our blood streams and being deposited into our tissues, then all plastic containers need to be looked at – not just bottled water. Seriously, now.
Miami (AFP) – The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.
“Widespread contamination” with plastic was found in the study, led by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, according to a summary released by Orb Media, a US-based non-profit media collective.
Researchers tested 250 bottles of water in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand and the United States.Plastic was identified in 93 percent of the samples, which included major name brands such as Aqua, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life and San Pellegrino.
The plastic debris included nylon, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene, which is used to make bottle caps.”In this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers,” Mason told AFP.
“I think that most of the plastic that we are seeing is coming from the bottle itself. It is coming from the cap. It is coming from the industrial process of bottling the water.”Particle concentration ranged from “zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle,” said the report…
FINISH READING: ‘Widespread contamination’ found in bottled water: Study