The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and other international health organizations and regulatory agencies have approved plastic as a safe food packaging material. NWNA continually evaluates packaging materials to ensure they are safe for its customers. The company abides by all FDA regulations. All currently available scientific evidence indicates that the packaging used for bottled water is safe when stored sensibly, as for any food product– at room temperature, and away from solvents and chemicals – and the product is consumed by its "best by" date.
Phthalates are a family of chemicals that serve a variety of purposes. One member of that family, orthophthalate, has been linked to the disruption of human endocrines and development. PET plastics (#1) used by Nestlé Waters contain no orthophthalates.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
BPA is not present in NWNA bottled water packaging smaller than three gallons. NWNA single-serve bottles (typically 1.5 liters and smaller) are made from PET plastic (marked with the "1" symbol), which is clear and lightweight. The company's three-liter, one-gallon and 2.5-gallon sizes are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), identified by the "2" symbol. Some of NWNA's three- and five-gallon bottles used with coolers are made from polycarbonate, a strong, clear and reusable type of plastic. NWNA's tests show that BPA is non-detectable in the water inside its polycarbonate bottles 30 days after bottling and sealing at the very low detection level of 1 ppb. NWNA is more than half way through transitioning from Polycarbonate to BPA-free PET bottles and expects the transition to be complete by the end of 2013 for five-gallon bottles and the end of 2014 for three-gallon bottles.
Plastic Bottles and Leaching
PET plastics are identified by the FDA as safe and suitable for use with foods and beverages. There is no scientific basis for misleading statements about PET leaching dioxin and causing maladies. These plastic containers are FDA-approved for storage of food and beverages. NWNA recommends consumers treat bottled water as they would any food product and store it at moderate temperatures and away from strong smelling cleansers and chemicals. For more information see "Are plastic bottles still safe if exposed to extreme temperatures?"
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