Our Response to the Orb Media Report on Micro-plastics in Bottled Water

To Press Releases listMar 15, 2018

We Stand by the Quality and Safety of our Bottled Water Products

The safety and quality of our products is our priority. We assure consumers that all of our bottled water products and beverages meet or exceed FDA, EPA, and State Health Department standards and are safe to drink.

We are aware of a recent report about the presence of micro-plastics in bottled water and understand that some consumers have raised questions about the safety of micro-plastics. Recent scientific investigations have highlighted that micro-plastics can be found everywhere, including in the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the water we drink. 

Since 2015, we have tested a range of our products using state-of-the-art laboratory testing devices and techniques, and we have not detected micro-plastic compounds beyond trace levels (0-12 micro-particles per liter). For reference, micro-particles are generally smaller than a grain of sand. With such a minute amount detected in our analyses, it is not possible to determine if these traces are intrinsic to our bottled water operations or merely the result of cross-contamination from the lab environment.

In 2018, we started using a more sophisticated, state-of-the art testing methodology that combines electronic microscope and micro Raman spectroscopy analysis. We used this methodology to test comparable batches of our products to those analyzed by Orb Media. Our test results differ vastly from Orb Media’s findings and range from zero to a maximum of 12 micro-particles per liter.  

We have responded to Orb Media and shared our results with them in writing. We have also invited them to discuss our respective testing methodologies and to examine our diverging results. We welcome further research on the possible effects of micro-plastics consumption on human health and are ready to collaborate with others to improve understanding of this issue.
 
In the meantime, we will continue to provide customers and consumers with the safe and high quality bottled water products they have enjoyed for generations.