Plastic particles are found in packaged water bottles: Report

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A report in Miami has found out that top water brands in the world are contaminated with tiny small particles.

According to a major study across nine countries, it was found that seeping plastic particles enter the water bottles during the packaging process.

The study that was led out by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia found a widespread contamination with plastic.

Researchers tested around 250 water bottles in India, China, Brazil, Kenya, Indonesia, Thailand, Lebanon and the United States.

93 percent of the samples contained plastic particles that include major brands such as San Pellegrino, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life, Aqua, and Aquafina.

The debris included nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used to make bottle caps.

Mason told the media that in this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers.

“I think it is coming through the process of bottling the water. 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 10000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle,” said the report.

Other brands affected with plastic contamination were Epura, Minalba, Gerolsteiner, Wahaha, and Bisleri.

Experts say that the amount of risk that it can cause to human health remains unclear.

Mason said that it can lead to certain kinds of cancer, lower sperm counts including ADHD and autism.

“Tap water, by and large, is much safer than bottled water,” added Mason.

Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer for North America at Oceana said the study provides more evidence that society must abandon the ubiquitous use of plastic water bottles.

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