this is in America o. where:
- bottled water, a product for which people pay a premium, is less regulated than tap water.
- “Of the 259 total bottles (1 per company) analyzed, 93% showed signs of microplastics”.
who then can say wots inside Nigeria's pure water? bottled water? dispenser water?
will we act b4 our loved ones r affected?
A consumer organization says federal limits on
arsenic are too high
By Mark Huffman
04/19/2019 | ConsumerAffairs | Health
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Consumers often reach for cases of bottled water at the
supermarket in the belief that it’s cleaner and healthier than
what comes from the tap. But new research from Consumer
Reports (CR) suggests that could be a mistaken notion.
Specifically, the CR research looked at arsenic levels in
bottled water products sold in the U.S. Arsenic levels are
limited by federal regulations to no more than 10 parts per
The organization’s researchers looked at public records and
internal test results conducted by various bottled water
brands. They report finding several brands contained arsenic
levels well below the federal threshold but at or above 3 ppb,
which CR says may be dangerous to consume over an
extended period of time.
“It makes no sense that consumers can purchase bottled
water that is less safe than tap water,” said James Dickerson,
chief scientific officer at Consumer Reports. “If anything,
bottled water—a product for which people pay a premium,
often because they assume it’s safer—should be regulated at
least as strictly as tap water.”
Detectable amounts of arsenic
CR said it found 11 brands out of the more than 130 it
analyzed that had detectable amounts of arsenic. Six, it said,
had arsenic levels that exceeded 3 ppb. The brands are:
Starkey, which is owned by Whole Foods
Peñafiel, which is owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper
Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water
Volvic, owned by Danone
CR said in its report that Keurig Dr. Pepper provided Peñafiel's
bottled water quality report for 2018, which showed that the
water had non-detectable amounts of arsenic. But because of
CR’s questions, the company conducted new testing last
month that showed arsenic levels in some samples of 17 ppb,
well above the federal limit.
According to CR, the company has stopped bottled water
production for two weeks at its Mexico facility that makes
Peñafiel for export to the U.S. It told CR that it plans to install
an improved filtering system to lower arsenic levels.
As bottled water has become America’s favorite beverage,
there have been a variety of health concerns associated with
it. A decade ago the issue was bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical
used in plastic to make it firm.
After a number of health researchers suggested the chemical
was leaching into the water and causing potential
reproductive issues, manufacturers largely abandoned BPA
and went to softer plastic bottles.
More recently there have been concerns over something
called “microplastic pollution.” Last year, Sherri Mason, a
chemist and researcher at the State University of New York at
Fredonia, tested 259 brands of bottled water for plastic
particles. She and a team of researchers found “widespread
contamination,” according to a report published by the
school's environmental sciences program.
“Of the 259 total bottles analyzed, 93% showed signs of
microplastics,” the report says. The researchers said
contaminated bottles included leading, well-known brands
such as Evian, Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle Pure Life, and San
The health effects of consuming microplastics are unknown.