No single-use plastic beverage containers – including bottled water – contain BPA

Most single-use bottled water products sold to Canadian consumers have a date stamp on them

I read with interest the column written by Ingrid Pincott that appeared in the May 15, 2012, edition of North Island Midweek entitled, “Three awareness weeks have the same gluten tag.”

In the piece, Ms. Pincott writes that she doesn’t recommend buying bottled water “as you don’t know how long the water has been stored in plastic or if the plastic is free of BPA (bisphenol A)…”

Both statements are incorrect. Most single-use bottled water products sold to Canadian consumers have a date stamp on them with a two-year expiry. However, when stored in a dark, cool place, bottled water will easily keep for up to 10 years.

With respect to BPA, no single-use plastic beverage containers, including those used to package bottled water, contain this compound as it simply isn’t used in the manufacture of PET.

For further information about bottled water, Midweek readers are encouraged to visit Health Canada’s web site at www.hc-sc-gc.ca.

John B. Challinor II   APR, Director of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Waters Canada