Bottled water is safe to drink!! Isn’t this the immediate reaction of millions of people when someone doubts on bottled water??
Bottled water is marketed as the very essence of purity. It’s the fastest-growing beverage market in the world, valued at US$147 billion per year.
However, the facts shouldn’t be denied that the bottled water is not always safe to drink.
A study has found that over 90% of bottled water worldwide, including India, contains minute pieces of plastic. Lately, Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) had undertaken an exercise to test 743 samples in 2016-17. Out of these samples, almost a third, or 224 samples of packaged water were found to be not conforming to safety standards set in India. It is shocking to know this figure and the consequences that follow after such practices.
The main areas where the usage of bottled water is at its highest is the corporates. The corporate offices offer storage water to all the employees and the bottled water to the clients and higher management people that walk in for conferences, meetings and events. In this situation, the clients and employee health is at our risk and hence the company’s brand reputation as well.
A new research by Orb Media a non-profit journalism organisation based in Washington, D.C., shows that a single bottled water can hold dozens or possibly even thousands of microscopic plastic particles.
Polypropylene, used to make plastic bottle caps, was the most common polymeric material (54%) found in the samples while nylon was the second most abundant (16%). After accounting for possible laboratory contamination, 93% of bottled water showed some presence of micro plastics. This is twice as much as what was found in a previous study on tap water by the same team. The data indicated the contamination is at least partially coming from the packaging or bottling process.
Packaged drinking water is a loosely directed industry in India with thousands of big and small brands vying for a share of the metro and small town market. Bottling units are regulated by state and central agencies in India including the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Despite, such regulations there are many illegal companies manufacturing packaged waters and selling it to the consumers. The water in these bottles might consist of impurities and would not be at all safe for drinking.
“No person shall manufacture, sell or exhibit for sale bottled water and mineral water except under Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification mark”. added the FDA head.
Chemicals found in plastic bottles are also known to have affected newborn children. A 2013 study by Dr Arbinder Singal, a pediatric urologist with MGM Hospital in Navi Mumbai, found a growing incidence of genital abnormality among newborn boys due to increasing exposure to endocrine or chemicals found in plastic bottles, food wraps, cosmetics and toys. This concludes that the bottled water doesn’t only affect adults but also the toddlers and newborn. Thus, the female employees in the corporates who are expecting or already have kids need to be cautious and responsible for safe drinking habits.
Its always best to use tap water if its of a superior quality otherwise bottled water is the last resort. But make sure the water you intake is of the supreme quality.
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