Plastic bottles release harmful chemical into liquids

Plastic drinking and baby bottles can pose serious health risks, as a recent study has revealed that the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) — used to make plastics and linked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes — often releases into the liquid contained in such containers. This is the first time any study has conclusively shown that drinking from polycarbonate bottles increases the level of urinary BPA, and that drinking containers made with BPA release the chemical into the liquid in sufficient amounts to endanger health, the BBC has reported. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that participants who drank cold liquids from polycarbonate bottles for a week showed a two-thirds increase of BPA in their urine. They said heating those bottles, as in the case of baby bottles, would raise the levels even more. App


LHC moved against supply of bottled water

* Petitioner says plastic packing linked with breast cancer and miscarriage
* Prays bottled water be tested from reliable laboratories before being
supplied in market

A petition was moved before the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday against the sale of bottled drinking water.

The petitioner, Watan Party Punjab President Hashim Shaukat Khan claimed that the water is contaminated and causes various diseases to human beings. The petitioner’s counsel Barrister Zafarullah Khan submitted that he felt aggrieved at the supply of bottled water by various companies, which was adulterated, contaminated, stale, and mostly filtered tap water.

Health hazards: He said the plastic bottles in which the water was packed, were made from polyethylene terephthalate, also known as Pet or Pete, which had been linked to breast cancer and uterine cancer. He submitted that the plastic packing was also linked to an increased risk of miscarriage and decreased testosterone levels, and also interfered with the body’s natural hormonal messaging system.

He said most of the companies supplying bottled water did not display on their labels the source from which they got the water. He stated that in the advanced countries like the US, most of the bottled water came from the municipal supply, and the same water was treated, purified, and sold to consumers for hefty prices.

The petitioner stated that in Pakistan, people were actually drinking tap water or ‘glorified’ tap water. He stated that according to scientists, when bottled water was stored in hot or warm temperatures, the plastic released chemicals into the water.

Reliable testing: The petitioner prayed to the court that all bottled water should be tested from reliable laboratories before being supplied in the market. He also prayed that municipal water should be provided to citizens after being treated, and asked that government functionaries be stopped from consuming bottled water as a ‘status symbol’.

The petitioner also requested the court to hear the petition along with his pending petition against the supply of adulterated milk.

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