March 12, 2008

In The News: PharmaWater

No, it's not an actual product yet, but don't be surprised if a beverage company decides to make the most of a not-so-hot situation.

By now I'm sure everyone has read about the levels of pharmaceuticals discovered in the tap water of 24 large metropolitan US cities.

Although these levels are minute, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that several glasses of tap water a day for thirty, forty, even fifty years are very likely going to impact a person's health.

The true surprise in that news tidbit for me was that "the federal government doesn't require any testing and hasn't set safety limits for drugs in water."

Well, then.

If you think you can get around this dilemma by relying solely on bottled water
, I'm afraid you're wrong.

Guess what? The Food & Drug Administration has not set limitations on pharmaceutical levels in bottled water.

Remember, most bottled water originates from tap water.

Although these companies are quick to point out their patented quadruple filtering technologies, I have to wonder just how good they do at capturing antibiotic residue, particularly if these levels don't appear to be of huge concern to the bottled water industry

For now, the vice president of the International Bottled Water Association claims everything is "being monitored", but I don't spot any urgency on their end to establish standards.

Has this revelation changed your thoughts about drinking water, either from the tap or a plastic bottle?

1 comment:

gd said...

definitely knew this news from before.

i was kinda surprised that the NYT article didnt talk more about how all the drugs we pump into cattle and chickens and pigs find their way into our water sources as run off from farms. this certainly has to account for alot of the anti-biotic traces in our water supply doesnt it? (and perhaps other drugs as well) the big pharma do huge business sell lots and lots of drugs to factory farms in our country.

this is a troubling issue indeed.