Over 90% bottled water found with plastic traces injurious to health
New Delhi : More than 90 percent of the bottled water collected from 9 countries has been tested positive of having plastic traces in its content, said a research conducted by the State University of New York.
The bottled water was from 11 different brands that operate in 9 different countries. The popular brands include, Aquafina, Evian and Bisleri. The results were shocking for the India samples as they were found containing 5,000 microplastic particles.
As per research, the primary content was polymer Polypropylene, used to make bottle caps. Nylon was the second most abundant polymer in the water samples.
A Times of India report, however, quoted Pepsico, which manufactures Aquafina, denying the results of the research. The makers mentioned that the bottled water goes through rigorous quality-control and is a safe product.
The results turned scarier when bromate levels were found to four times more than the limit set by WHO. Bromates are considered carcinogens which can cause cancer in humans.
Earlier, also there have been reports claiming bottled water is not safe for drinking. A group of BARC researchers published a report in a scientific journal that high levels of carcinogens were found in bottled drinking water samples in Mumbai. 90 bottles of 18 brands were tested - 27 per cent contained bromates much more than the WHO limit.