Plastic particles found in bottled water

Particle concentration ranged from

Many consumers are skeptical of tap water, which has helped fuel the rise of bottled water as the fastest-growing beverage market in the world, valued at $147 billion per year.

However, some bottles had a concentration of more than 10,000 micro-plastic particles per litre, with some pieces as large as the width of a human hair.

"Under certain wavelengths of light it causes them to sparkles likes stars in the night sky", Sherri Mason of the State University of NY said.

The research was conducted on behalf of Orb Media, a U.S-based non-profit journalism organization with which CBC News has partnered. For stronger evidence, we need thousands of water bottles to be tested from different regions. The water was purchased in nine countries around the world. Brands tested include Aquafina, Aqua, Bisleri, Dasani, Epura, Evian, Nestlé, Gerolsteiner, Minalba, Wahaha, and San Pellegrino.

According to their analysis carried out in conjunction with the State University of NY in Fredonia, "93 percent of the bottled water tested showed some sign of microplastic contamination", featuring polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate. Microbeads are now being phased out in Canada, after significant numbers began to appear in the Great Lakes and the tiny particles were found filling the stomachs of fish.

Microplastics are pieces of plastic less than five millimeters long.

A research conducted by The State University of NY at Fredonia says that the one who consumes a litre of bottled water per day might be consuming 10,000 of microplastic particles each year.

On average, plastic particles in the 100 micron (0.10 millimeter) size range - considered "microplastics", - were found at an average rate of 10.4 plastic particles per liter.

When one is traveling, especially in India, it is often assumed that buying bottled water is safer than getting water from taps marked for potable water.

Researchers have established that tiny particles of titanium dioxide can pass through the lining of the gut so the same might be possible with plastic, raising the question of where it would then end up.

The health implications of consuming plastics in bottled water are not yet known.

It is not yet clear how microplastic in bottled water can affect human health.

However, there are some bottled water brands that are specially created for kids and are bottled in glass recipients.

France Will Fine Apple and Google for 'Abusive Business Practices'
Le Maire speaking on RTL radio stated that the practices performed by Apple and Google have been recently noticed by him. Le Maire added in a statement to Bloomberg that fines could be in the millions of euros.

Plastics are present almost everywhere and can take hundreds of years to degrade, if at all. "The global average was 325 particles per liter", Orb noted in a March 14 news release.

"We don't even know all the chemicals in plastics", Muncke told Orb.

"It's not straightforward", said Prof. "Are you excreting that plastic?"

"This is shocking", Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, told Orb.

The make-up of these particles was not confirmed but Prof Mason said they can "rationally expected to be plastic".

Prof. Sherri Mason carried out the laboratory work at the State University of New York (SUNY), on behalf of Orb Media. It was followed by nylon (16 percent) and polystyrene (11 percent).

The developer of the Nile Red method agrees.

I suggested to Michael Walker, a consultant to the Office of the UK Government Chemist and founder board member of the Food Standards Agency, that the jury was out on whether microplastics could cause harm.

"This is pretty substantial", Mayes said.

"In this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers", Mason told AFP.

Researchers used fluorescent tagging with Nile Red dye to study the microplastic contamination. The report notes that this is "twice as much as within previous study on tap water".

"We still can not understand how the study reached the conclusions it did", Gerolsteiner said. "The research results do not correspond to the internal analyses that we conduct on a regular basis", the company said in a response.

Several of the national brands tested responded to the study, claiming that the methodology used is "unclear". "There is still limited data on the topic, and conclusions differ dramatically from one study to another".

Related News:

Most liked

Donald Trump To Consider Trade Measures Against China "In Coming Weeks": Advisor
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the country had the option of retaliating against imports of US soybeans, wheat and aircraft. Xi then agreed that the Chinese government would no longer use the PLA or other government agencies to steal U.S. technology.

How healthy is Ohio? County health rankings for USA released
Oakman also says that the childhood poverty rate is a major factor in Washington County's ranking; there, the rate is 28 percent. Chera Sevcik, community health administrator for Martin and Faribault counties, described a similar outlook on the rankings .

National Football League free agency 2018: Case Keenum to sign with Broncos, report says
Elway had said early in the offseason "for us to have a chance to get better we have to get better at that position". If Keenum doesn't pan out, Denver can move on from him after only two seasons (or sooner, if they want to).

Stefanik releases statement on ending House investigation
Conaway focused on the finding about collusion saying, "Yes, the Russians tried to interfere with our elections process". FILE - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference with Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill.

Western Pa. in political spotlight with special election
Saccone, a four-term state legislator and military veteran, on Tuesday sounded singularly focused on winning Tuesday's race. Washington (CNN)Today, voters in southwestern Pennsylvania will head to the polls to choose their new member of Congress.

Explosion hits as Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah enters Gaza
He added that the Interior Ministry, and the National Security devices, are investigating all circumstances of the attack. Hamdallah was traveling to Gaza to dedicate a new water treatment plant as part of cooperation between Fatah and Hamas.

Ousted Trump aide McEntee is under investigation for 'serious financial crimes'
A since-fired State Department employee said this morning that Tillerson found out he was sacked when he saw Trump's tweet. McEntee, Trump's "body man", was one of his closest aides and had been at his side since the start of his campaign.

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada suspended for rest of Australia series
The hearing was held after play on day three, and match referee Jeff Crowe handed down his verdict on Monday evening (AEDT). Rabada had proven to be by far the biggest threat to the batting line-up, grabbing 15 wickets in the first two Tests.

Fitbit is adding menstrual cycle tracking to its smartwatches
When I saw Fitbit CEO James Park wearing the Versa, I did a double take - I thought he was wearing an Apple Watch at first glance. This is a smartwatch too, so it comes with a variety of other smartwatch features including notifications from a variety of apps.

Could Google have a rebrand in store for Android Wear?
However, the company will soon come up with an official statement regarding the same and we would update you with that. Google has not confirmed the name change, and therefore has not provided an explanation for the speculated move.

Bears, Packers battling for Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins
Mahomes will be at the helm of a potent offense that now includes Watkins, Tyreek Hill , Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce . Patrick Mahomes is going to have plenty of offensive weapons in 2018 - including a former Clemson star wideout.

Katy Perry takes a tumble and flashes fellow 'American Idol' judges
Despite Perry's fumble, that didn't affect the young waitress' chances whatsoever who received her golden ticket to Hollywood. Lionel noted his voice is "an incredible machine", and Katy said she can't wait to see him push his instrument even further.

Stopping Ireland no motivation for 'critical' England
This group haven't had the opportunity, so we can surely look back on what they did and what it meant for them afterwards. Well, statistics can often be misleading but it is clear that Ireland have played each and every game on their own terms.

Richard Sherman's New Contract Has Seahawk Fans BURNING Jerseys!
But it's clear the Seahawks are a team in transition, although it also remains to be seen how significant this makeover will be. Sherman addressed the jersey burning in a conversation with Peter King . "It will take some getting used to for me".

OJ Simpson reportedly confessed murders to 'If I Did It' book publisher
Simpson doesn't clarify what Charlie said was going on, but we can guess that it had to do with Goldman being at Nicole's home. Darden and his fellow panelists pointed out numerous times that this could have been addressed and stopped numerous times.