Researchers find microplastics in bottled water from the most consumed companies analyzed in a global study
The purity of the bottled water is now in question, as well as the possible consequences of the components found during the investigation
A new global study developed by a large group of researchers has opened up a huge field of questions and alarms among consumers, the purity of most bottled water is now in doubt, the specialists who carried out this research tested almost a dozen water brands, bought in countries around the world, the results obtained and the components discovered are quite disturbing.
The researcher David Commons participated in the development of the tests, it is the largest research work that has been done so far on this aspect, the researcher reported in a television interview with CBS News, that the team responsible for the study visited a large number of countries, passing from Asia to North America, then down through South America and Europe, were buying bottled water that was available on the shelves.
As they acquired the bottled water, they sent it to a laboratory in New York for testing and looked for microplastics, these components are nothing more than extremely tiny, human hair-thick pieces of plastic. In many cases, they found them, in fact in 93% of the bottles that were tested these plastic remains could be found.
Among the most recognized brands in the industry, are Aquafina, Dasani and Nestlé, however these are just a few to mention, the fact is that in all the tests, an alarming 93% of the bottles tested contained these microplastics, although in some cases were very small quantities, in other tests were determined to be thousands of particles in just one liter of water.
A large quantity of microplastic compounds in bottled water
If we take into account the normal consumption that a person has, the half bottle would be about half a liter, so we can have a clearer idea of what may be here, a significant number of microplastics are present in bottled water that 93% of society consumes, these investigations have been related to similar studies, certainly we know that these components exist everywhere, and we also know that they are in tap water.
Past research also found microplastics with tap water tests in many countries and domestic locations around the world, but what they found is that there is actually less of this plastic residue in tap water than in bottled water.
All these investigations immediately cast doubt on the supposed purity of the watermarks, and require explanations to be given as to the reason for these plastic remains and their location in the bottled water, as it is that during the process of supervision, health and quality control they do not realize that this is happening.
The possible cause of the presence of microplastics in bottled water
Some theories have been created that could explain what happens, using the same microplastics that were identified during the study, and that is that in many cases it contains the same type of plastic as the one found in the cap of the water bottle, so we may not know for sure, maybe when the bottle is opened the cracks occur, and that allows these small particles to fall off.
But turning to the consequences and alarms that this generates, it is important to ask oneself, is there any danger to consider if the bottled wine we are consuming contains large amounts of microplastics, and could this result in a health problem? The answer is that so far we don’t know for sure if it could bring a problem for the consumer.
We definitely know that these plastics are very small and very thin, that they could probably pass through the gastrointestinal tract, and that they could also enter your bloodstream, this means that they can remain in the human body without us knowing it; other research on the component at a biological level has shown several times that plastics, in general, can absorb chemicals, capable of becoming harmful to the body.
New research to rule out consequences and improve control
Even researchers have not yet looked particularly at what these plastics contain, they are really tiny and the work has not gone deeper, but it certainly suggests that more supervisory work needs to be done in the industry, and this is a whole new emerging area of science, for the same reasons that highlight these surprises in the results, it is interesting when companies are asked to make statements regarding basic conditions.
They point out the fact that there are no strict standards, no uniforms or protocols, there are none of these things at the time of starting mass production of the product, millions of bottles of water are made and shipped to every country in the world with these microplastics swimming around inside.
The labels do not show any information about the presence of these plastic components, and although there are no official regulations or standards at this time that require these data to be included, researchers and consumers may feel uncomfortable with this finding, and will demand answers.
Taking into account that this area of science is new and only now is being taken into account, it will be interesting to further deepen these studies over the next few months to determine whether this may have consequences for the consumer, and how to improve quality controls within the industry, thus avoiding the appearance of unwanted compounds in water.
It is also important to say that this particular study did not look at bottled water in Canada, despite the fact that the names of brands used in Canada were used, the bottles tested did not come from that country, soon the study will move on to a new phase and will proceed to check whether the water in the region has the same condition, for now there are only more doubts than answers and the brands of bottled water are not pronounced on the matter.
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