Microplastics do not contaminate mineral water, say Italian industries

Mineracqua, association of Italian natural mineral and spring water companies, comments on a recent American study regarding ‘treated and bottled drinking waters’
Microplastics do not contaminate mineral water, say Italian industries

Mineracqua, the federation representing Italian enterprises in the natural mineral and spring water sector, endeavors to shed light on recent developments. The focus is on clarifying reports circulating in the media regarding a recent American study published in Pnas. This study highlights the alarming prevalence of microplastics and nanoplastics within American bottled waters.

Upon meticulous examination of the study, Mineracqua discerns a crucial distinction – the ‘bottled waters’ under scrutiny are not the esteemed natural mineral waters, but rather treated and bottled drinking waters. Notably, the predominant source of nanoplastics identified in these bottled waters stems from the use of polyamide substances integral to plastic filter production employed in water treatment processes.

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Mineracqua underscores a fundamental principle: “Mineral waters cannot undergo any treatment of this nature.” The federation urges a nuanced exploration, directing attention towards treated waters served in eateries and those utilized in households via filtration devices deploying plastic filters.

Beyond the scope of water quality, the issue of micro and nanoplastics has captured the attention of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO’s investigation delves into the broader implications for human health. Noteworthy findings indicate that major contributors to microplastic prevalence include discharges from washing machines, particularly those handling synthetic fabrics like fleece, and the abrasion of tires, as underscored by Mineracqua.

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