No harmful chemicals in PET bottles
PET bottles are safe, a comprehensive evaluation by the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore has determined
The CFRTI analysis, commissioned by an industry body, concluded that antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury, selenium and zinc “were below” their detection limits (BDL) of 0.001 mg/kg.
The analysis found that no chemicals breached the EU-specified norms
A comprehensive evaluation by the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFRTI), Mysore has determined that No harmful chemicals in PET BOTTLES
- For years there’s been a debate internationally on whether PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles, which are the mainstay of plastic bottles and disposable food containers, leach harmful chemicals when exposed to high temperatures.
- The CFRTI analysis concluded that antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury, selenium and zinc “were below” their detection limits (BDL) of 0.001 mg/kg.
- BPA (bis-phenol A) was below its detection limit of 0.02 mg/kg.
- BPA is a synthetic organic compound and used in the manufacture of PET bottles.
- But it is now phased out after research found a link between the presence of BPA and the disruption of hormone regulation, as well as breast cancer.
- They were also below the EU (European Union) regulation norms of the “specific migration limit”, which is the maximum amount of a substance that can migrate from a food packaging material or food container into food.
- The study was commissioned by the industry body named Pet Packaging Association for Clean Environment (PACE).
The evaluation found that the experimental male and female rats exhibited comparable blood hormone levels in both cases. This conclusively proved that PET bottles did not cause any Endocrine Disruption activity if used to package water,” a study report concluded that no harmful chemicals in PET bottles.
CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore
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Source: The Hindu