WORLD-FIRST RESEARCH SHOWS MAJOR BOTTLED WATER BRANDS ARE CONTAMINATED WITH TINY PLASTIC PARTICLES, RAISING CONCERNS FOR CONSUMER HEALTH.
259 bottles from 11 different brands across 19 locations in nine countries were bought and tested in a world-first study conducted at the State University of New York. From the bottles tested, an average of 10.4 plastic particles were found in every litre. Of the 259 bottles tested, only 17 were free of plastics, according to the study.
Mark Browne, an ecologist that works with the University of New South Wales told 9News.com.au, “(It’s difficult to say) whether or not the particles have come in (to the bottled water) from the procedures that scientists have used to sample the plastic or whether they’ve come in from the procedures used to make the bottles in the first place.”
93% of the samples from all of the tested leading brands of bottled water – including Evian, Nestle and San Pellegrino, which are sold in Australia – were contaminated with microplastics including polypropylene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Due to a lack of funding, scientists are unsure how these microplastics could affect the human body, but it has been acknowledged that ingesting them could potentially cause inflammation and scar tissue.
“Australians should be worried and should be asking industry and government to fund the appropriate studies to determine whether or not there is a possibility that our health may be damaged by this,” Mr Brown told 9News.com.au.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water as the research revealed the number of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water.
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