The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted to the Daily Bulletin and the Daily Townsman in response to a story about bottled water.
Know the Facts on Bottled Water
A recent article raised some questions about bottled water and we would like to set the record straight. Bottles used by Canadian Beverage Association (CBA) members are made from a material called polyethylene terephthalate, otherwise known as PET.
The following are a few facts you should know about bottled water:
- There is no bisphenol-A (BPA) in PET plastic bottles because BPA is not used to manufacture PET plastic;
- All food and beverage grade packaging used in Canada must be approved by Health Canada, including PET plastic, and Health Canada reviewed the use of PET plastic and has determined it is safe for use and;
- Our members’ products are tested at the beginning and end of each production run, as well as hourly during production to ensure the product exceeds all requirements.
When it comes to the environment:
- Plastic water bottles are 100% recyclable and are recycled at high rates across the country;
- PET non-alcoholic beverage containers account for less than 0.5% of all waste produced in Canada;
- The beverage industry’s containers are the most recycled consumer product packaging in Canada and;
- Our members are continually investing in new science and technology to improve water quality, production efficiencies and water conservation practices.
For more information you can find our bottled water brochure online: www.canadianbeverage.ca.
Jim Goetz, Canadian Beverage Association