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Study finds microplastics in most bottled waters

Study finds microplastics in most bottled waters

There is no evidence that microplastics damage human health but the WHO says that more research is needed.

The three-month study - believed to be the largest investigation of its kind - used a technique developed by the University of East Anglia's School of Chemistry to "see" microplastic particles by staining them using fluorescent Nile red dye, which makes plastic fluorescent when irradiated with blue light.

Even smaller particles were more common - averaging about 325 per liter.

Gerolsteiner also said it had been testing its water for micro-plastics for a number of years and that the results showed levels "significantly below the limits for particles" set for pharmaceutical companies. The analysis was performed by Professor of Chemistry Sherri Mason and her team at her lab at the State University of NY. As odd as it may sound, we simply don't definitively know what the dangers of long-term plastic ingestion on humans may be, which is why the caution around the ubiquity of microplastics is certainly nothing but sensible.

Samples came from 19 locations in nine countries on five continents including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, and the United States.

Microplastics are small plastic particles from a variety of sources including cosmetics, clothing, industrial processes, packaging materials and the degradation of larger plastic items.

Unfortunately, when it comes to microplastic pollution, bottled water may not be better than tap.




"In this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers", Mason told AFP. This figure is just an average though, with some bottles containing very few and some containing magnitudes more.

The concern about plastic contained in the plastic bottles is somewhat ironic considering the bottles themselves are inefficient and environmentally unsound, given that the majority are not recycled, Lovera added. According to experts contacted by CBC News, there is a chance the Nile Red dye is adhering to another unknown substance other than plastic.

For Dr Stephanie Wright of the King's College Centre for Environment and Health, the priority is to understand how much microplastic we are exposed to, and exactly what happens to it inside us.

Some plastic under 150 microns (0.15 millimetres) could enter the gut's lymphatic system, or pass from the bloodstream to the kidneys or liver, according the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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. The American Beverage Association, which represents Nestlé, Evian, Dasani and Aquafina, stated "the science on microplastics and microfibres is nascent and an emerging field ..."

Questions continue to be raised around the safety of drinking bottled water, with fears that plastic would be contaminating the water consumed.

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