Reported Cancer-causing Bromate contamination among PET bottled water

Published: 28 August 2006
Category: Cancer link & plastic packaging, PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to PR Newswire, after reports of alleged bromate (a cancer-causing carcinogen) contamination among major polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottled water brands, consumers and consumer advocates alike are beginning to question corporate accountability and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about “lapses in the bottled water regulatory system.” According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, 60 percent to 70 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States—including tonic water, club soda, seltzer water, carbonated water as well as flavored and fortified waters—is exempt from FDA bottled water standards.

Much to the thanks of the bottled water industry’s efforts to promote its water as “pure, safe, healthy and superior to tap water,” bottled water sales in the United States are second only to soft drink sales and “many people now mistakenly associate special health benefits with bottled water.” According to Gigi Kellett, Director of Corporate Accountability International Association Campaigns, reports of bromate contamination of polyethylene terephthalate bottled water produced by Coke’s Dasani and, more recently, Mayer Bros. Co. (a bottled water manufacturer for private labels of major supermarkets such as Wegmans and Food Club) prove that “bottled water is actually less regulated than tap water” and provide “evidence that challenges the misleading market of the bottled water industry.”

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