259 bottles of 11 brands sold in nine countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and the USA were tested by researchers.
Bisleri International Pvt Ltd on Friday said the safety of our consumers is of paramount importance to us and Bisleri water undergoes a stringent 10-step purification process. Of the 259 bottles tested, only 17 were free of plastics, according to the study.
The Indonesian Government will further study the bottled waters sold in the market following the recent study which suggests that the product is contaminated with microplastic. SUNY researchers concluded that at least part of the contamination came from packaging and bottling process.
The study has not been peer-reviewed and the particles were detected using an imaging technique known as the Nile Red method and only the larger particles can be confirmed via spectroscopy. The polypropylene used to make plastic bottle caps were the most common polymeric material (54%) found the samples while nylon was the second most abundant (16%). "We found [plastic] in bottle after bottle and brand after brand", Prof.
A new study has revealed that numerous bottled water brands sold across the globe contain microplastics, which could pose potential health risks.
Researchers found an average of 325 plastic particles in 93 percent of bottled water samples from several brands-Aqua, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life, San Pellegrino-with the highest level found in a bottle of Nestle Pure Life water, registering 10,390 particles per liter. "I think that most of the plastic that we are seeing is coming from the bottle itself". Researchers also tested the popular local brands of bottled water from Indonesia, India, Mexico, Germany, Brazil, and China. It is coming from the cap.
Bottled water already poses a major plastic problem in the form of plastic waste.
"When we think about the composition of the plastic, whether there might be toxins in it, to what extent they might carry harmful constituents, what actually the particles might do in the body - there's just not the research there to tell us", Bruce Gordon, coordinator of the WHO's global work on water and sanitation, told BBC News.
According to these findings, a person drinking an average amount of water from bottles could be consuming anywhere between hundreds and tens of thousands of microparticles a day.
"There are connections to increases in certain kinds of cancer to lower sperm count to increases in conditions like ADHD and autism", said Mason.
"We have read and discussed the report about the contamination of microplastic in bottled water". Little research exists on the topic and people don't yet know much about how small pieces of plastic might interact with the body-either physically or chemically.