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Plastic particles contaminate top bottle water brands

Plastic particles contaminate top bottle water brands Plastic particles contaminate top bottle water brands
Anna Jefferson | 17 March, 2018, 20:59

The study has prompted the World Health Organization to launch an investigation into the health risks associated with drinking water contaminated with microplastics, the BBC reports, noting that there is now no research that concludes that ingesting microplastics poses a danger to health.

Meanwhile, Nestlé- one of the brands analyzed for the study-said they had tested six bottles from three locations after an inquiry from Orb Media, finding that they contained between zero and five plastic particles per liter, a much lower figure than the results of the new study showed.

"Widespread contamination" with plastic was found in the study, led by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of NY at Fredonia, according to a summary released by Orb Media, a US-based non-profit media collective.

"When we think about the composition of the plastic, whether there might be toxins in it, to what extent they might carry harmful constituents, what actually the particles might do in the body - there's just not the research there to tell us", Bruce Gordon, coordinator of the WHO's global work on water and sanitation, told BBC News.

The Orb Media-sponsored research focuses exclusively on bottled water products. Researchers also tested the popular local brands of bottled water from Indonesia, India, Mexico, Germany, Brazil, and China.

A single litre of bottled water can contain thousands of microplastic particles.

It is these concerns that have prompted the World Health Organization to launch a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water.

So, is it risky to drink bottled water? . The dye is applied to the water samples, which are subsequently irradiated with blue light.

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"Bisleri water undergoes a stringent 10-step purification process. I think it's something to be concerned about".

"Aquafina maintains rigorous quality-control measures, sanitary manufacturing practices, filtration and other food safety mechanisms which yield a reliably safe product for enjoyment anywhere in the world".

According to the Health Ministry secretary-general Untung Suseno Sutarjo, microplastic particles exposes health risks for human.

To date, there is no applicable regulatory framework or scientific consensus with respect to the adequate testing methodology or potential impacts of microplastic particles, which could be found in any bottling environment.

Researchers caution that it's unclear what effect microplastics can have on the human body.

The test subjects were observed to have an average of 325 plastic particles for every liter.

"The science of microplastics and microfibres is in its infancy". An investigation past year by Bloomberg News found that Nestle had made its bottled water operations so profitable by sourcing from "economically depressed" areas for next to nothing - or in the case of one town in MI, just $200. The smaller particles in the 6.5 to 100 micrometer range, on the other hand, were confirmed to be plastic using only the Nile red method, due to the limitations of FTIR in identifying smaller particles.

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