How Pure Is Bottled Water?
Crystal-clear, pure, and pristine,
Is bottled water really that clean?
Labels don’t mention contamination,
Bottled water needs better regulation.
On the national level, the FDA is solely responsible for bottled water purity and safety, but the FDA’s rules exempt waters that are packaged and sold within the same state, which account for between 60 and 70 percent of all bottled water sold in the U.S.
- The FDA permits bottlers to label their product “spring water” even though it may be brought to the surface using a pumped well and may have been treated with chemicals.
- Contrary to tap water rules, the FDA does not require bottled water to be disinfected or tested for parasites such as cryptosporidium or giardia. The bottled water industry is not required to disclose any of its contaminant testing results, increasing the possibility of health risks to infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
- In a four-year study, the National Resource Defense Council tested the purity and safety of 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of bottled water. They concluded that about one-third of the bottles contained contamination, including synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic.
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NRDC’s Report on Bottled Water – “Pure Drink or Pure Hype?”
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Original Post by smart2begreen.com on August 19, 2009
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Posted in Green Tip of the Day, tagged bottled water, drink less soft drinks, eat fewer packaged foods, eat less beef, eat less dairy, eat out less, eat seasonal foods, eat wild fish, local farmers market, reduce ecological footprint, walk on June 13, 2009 |
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Reduce your ecological footprint by making better food choices.
• Eat less beef, pork, and lamb.
• Eat out at restaurants less often.
• Eat fewer dairy products.
• Drink fewer soft drinks.
• Eat seasonal and local fruits and vegetables.
• Eat fewer packaged snacks and junk food.
• Upgrade to an energy efficient refrigerator.
• Eat wild fish that are not endangered.
• Drink less bottled water.
• Walk to your local farmers market or grocery store.
Adapted from care2.com.
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