When you want to know what’s in your tap water, look at your local water utility’s website or check your mailbox for its annual report. You’ll find the source of the water and any chemical pollutants remaining after treatment.
IT’S THE LAW.
When you pay a premium price of up to 1900 times more for bottled water, you expect more.
But with rare exceptions, you get less.
All too often, you get nothing. Unless you count hyped advertising come-ons like “crisp,” pristine” or “essential.”
In our book, empty rhetoric means zero. Zip. Nada. Pure drinking water is all about the facts.
An 18-month Environmental Working Group investigation of bottled water labels and websites has found that:
Only 2 bottled waters disclose water sources and treatment methods on their labels and offer a recent water quality test report on their websites. These best performers are:
- Ozarka Drinking Water
- Penta Ultra-Purified Water
Just 18% of bottled waters disclose quality reports with contaminant testing results. Among them are all 8 Nestlé domestic brands surveyed:
- Poland Spring
- Nestlé Pure Life
- Deer Park
- Ice Mountain
None of the top 10 U.S. domestic bottled water brands label specific water sources and treatment methods for all their products.
via Is your bottled water worth it? | Environmental Working Group.
In a letter sent to its member countries, the WHO said it is officially raising its infectious diseases alert to Phase 6, its highest level, in recognition of the fact that the virus is now undergoing communitywide transmission in Australia as well as in North America. Such spread in two distinct regions of the world is the primary criterion for raising the alert level.
via Swine flu pandemic declared by World Health Organization – Los Angeles Times.
WASHINGTON, — Environmental Working Group (EWG) today called on The Coca-Cola Company’s chairman and chief executive officer Muhtar Kent to take immediate steps to reduce children’s exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical used in beverage bottles and beverage can linings.
“Along with hundreds of thousands of Environmental Working Group supporters, I was very disappointed to read reports in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post that a Coca-Cola representative joined chemical and food processing company lobbyists in a recent meeting to consider, among other things, the use of “fear tactics” to protect the market for the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA),” EWG’s President, Ken Cook wrote Kent.
An internal industry document obtained by journalists and EWG show that a Coca-Cola representative took part in a May 28 food and chemical industry strategy session at Washington’s exclusive Cosmos Club, during which, the document said, “Attendees suggested using fear tactics (e.g. ‘Do you want to have access to baby food anymore?’)” According to the leaked document, “Their ‘holy grail’ spokesperson would be a ‘pregnant young mother who would be willing to speak around the country about the benefits of BPA’.”
“Is this the kind of “marketing” effort that Coca-Cola stands behind when it comes to toxic chemicals that contaminate the food supply?” Cook wrote.
More at EWG…