Danger In A Bottle Of Water? Study Questions The Safety Of Bottled Water
Bottled water is presented as being higher quality water and it certainly costs more than tap water. Manufacturers and importers of bottled water are required to ensure that their products meet the state safety and health standards. Unlike tap water, water bottlers must comply with FDA, EPA and OSHA standards.
Is bottled water safer than tap water? A study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization, looked for answers to this question.
The study challenges the idea that bottled water is purer and safer than tap water. While some tap water’s safety may be questioned, the findings show that bottled water is no safer.
The Environmental Working Group’s study included testing of 10 brands
of bottled water purchased by the group in
Three bottles of Sam's Choice purchased in
The environmental group filled a notice of intent to sue the chain.
The group wants Wal-Mart to label its bottles in
Wal-Mart said it stands by its product. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Shannon Frederick said that the company’s lab tests had detected no “reportable amounts” of the chlorine-based contaminants. He said the company is “disappointed” that the EWG has not shared more details with the corporation as they continue to investigate this matter.
Also present in the bottled water were the pharmaceutical Tylenol, arsenic, radioactive isotopes, nitrates, and ammonia from fertiliser residue.
“In some cases, it appears bottled water is no less polluted than tap water and, at 1,900 times the cost, consumers should expect better,” said Jane Houlihan, co-author of the study.
Bottled water may also contain chemicals that leach out of plastic bottles, which are made of PET, or polyethylene terephthalate.
Nationwide, 70% of all Americans drink bottled water at least once a
week. At the national level, the Food and Drug Administration is responsible
for bottled water safety, but the FDA's rules
exempt waters that are packaged and sold within the same state. Unless water is
transported across state lines, there is no federal regulation to govern its
quality. 60% to 70 % of bottled water in the
The environmental group recommends that consumers worried about the quality and the safety of bottled water should drink filtered tap water.
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