A local TV station recently did a news story on the risks involved with reusing plastic water bottles. The story focused on microbial growth, not plasticizer. Since the same plastic is used for acidic soda pop and fruit juices, not to mention alcoholic beverages, one would think the leaching "problem" would be more publicized, especially as these products can be stored in the warehouse, store and home for months. - Diane Amell, MNOSHA >>> "Qureshi, Rasim M."
9/14/2004 8:32:42 AM >>> Dear Forum I would like to consult the opinion of the experts in the Forum on the following article that I have received. I would highly appreciate your response or guidance in order to check the authenticity of the article Article states that "DO NOT RE-USE Mineral Water Bottles" "Many are unaware of the poisoning caused by re-using plastic bottles. Some of you may be in the habit of using and re-using your disposable mineral water bottles (eg. Nestle, Bisleri, Aquafina, Evian e.t.c..) keeping them in your car or at work is not a good idea. It happened in Dubai, when a 12 year old girl died after a long usage (16 months) of SAFA mineral water bottle, as she used to carry the same fancy (painted by herself) bottle to her school daily. In a nut shell, the plastic (called Polyethylene terephthalate or PET) used in these bottles contains a potentially carcinogenic element some thing called diethylhydroxylamine DEHA. The bottles are safe for one time use only; if you must keep them longer , it should be or not more than few days, week max, and keep them away from heat as well. Repeated washing and rinsing can cause the plastic to break down and the carcinogens (cancer-causing chemical agents) can leak into the water that you are drinking. better to invest in water bottles that are really meant for multiple use." Hope to hear from all of you about the credibility of the article, any ways I have checked on the MSDS of the chemical mentioned and couldn't find any clue for them to be carcinogens. Best Regards Rasim M Qureshi Safety Engineer United
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