Water bottles reportedly leaching antimony

Published: 27 December 2006
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Toronto Star, a study of bottled water has “found concentrations of potentially harmful antimony increase the longer water is stored in a certain plastic. A Canadian scientist now working in Germany tested 132 brands of bottled water from 28 countries in containers made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).” According to the article, “antimony is a white metallic element that in small doses can cause nausea, dizziness and depression. In large doses, it can be fatal.” Further testing reportedly needs to be conducted to determine if the material has adverse effects on human health.

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