New study reveals presence of microplastics in most bottled water

Kenny Tucker
March 18, 2018

Three of the brands are on sale in Portugal, including Evian, Nestlé and San Pellegrino. The research, which was conducted by researchers at the State University of NY at Fredonia and non-profit journalism organization Orb Media, found an average of 10.4 plastic particles per liter of water, which is twice the amount of contamination found in tap water, according to another Orb Media investigation. These included Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand and the United States.

The study follows earlier investigations that found microplastics in tap water, beer, sea salt and fish. However, there are not enough studies that focus on the impact of microplastics on human health to determine how big of a risk the presence of microplastics in bottled water is. The polypropylene used to make plastic bottle caps were the most common polymeric material (54%) found the samples while nylon was the second most abundant (16%).

"This is pretty substantial", explained Andrew Mayes, who is a senior lecturer in chemistry at the University of East Anglia. The statement added that World Health Organization would "review the very scarce available evidence with the objective of identifying evidence gaps, and establishing a research agenda to inform a more thorough risk assessment".

The global average was 325 particles per litre. Ozarka and Ice Mountain, both owned by Nestle´, had concentrations at 15 and 11 pieces per litre, respectively.

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The NIAC went on to say that the Government "will not have the time to implement a new non-visible customs regime before withdrawal day".

Abigail Barrows, who carried out the research for Story of Stuff in her laboratory in ME, said there were several possible routes for the plastics to be entering the bottles. Clearly, that's occurring not just outside but inside factories.

Microplastics are fragments or fibers (which often come from clothing or the air) that are either broken down from a larger plastic item or they are manufactured into that small size on objective, such as the microbeads found in face scrubs and body washes.

According to these findings, a person drinking an average amount of water from bottles could be consuming anywhere between hundreds and tens of thousands of microparticles a day. We don't know all the chemicals in plastics, even ...

Nestle´ criticised the methodology of the Orb Media study, claiming in a statement to CBC that the technique using Nile red dye could "generate false positives". Jane Muncke, chief scientist at the Food Packaging Forum, a Zurich-based research organization, told Orb Media that most of what is understood about ingesting plastics comes from models, not experiments, and that these don't account for things like possible chemical interactions from the plastic. "This is a milestone for us to thoroughly inspect bottled waters", said Nila at the Presidential Palace yesterday, March 15.

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