August 4, 2005
is a somewhat ' traditional belief' that our government does not
allow toxins and chemicals into our food supply - which would
For years we have consumed tap water, eaten processed food - and
purchased new foods on the market, which are pre-packaged and
contain the words "enriched" and
Today, I present to you ONE example of the way in which
government looks at our food supply, and what it deems
'acceptable levels' of certain products.
Water is the product of the day. Bottled Water, specifically.
Below is from the FDA web site, which clearly shows the
government's decision on Arsenic, and how much is allowable.
Yes, I said ARSENIC.
we begin, let's look at the definition of Arsenic.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002
n 1: a very poisonous metallic element that has three
allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as
herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in
arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar [syn: As, atomic number
33] 2: a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in
manufacturing glass and as a pesticide and weed killer [syn:
arsenic trioxide, arsenous anhydride, arsenous oxide]
this definition in mind, think about the marvelous quantities of
bottled water being sold in stores today. Going to a sporting
event? What goes into the cooler? Bottled Water! Spending a day
at the beach? Bottled Water!
conscious consumers across the country have decided to watch the
amount of colas they consume, and have traded them in for cool,
there is a catch.
have you noticed the labels? Do you know the difference between
‘purified water’, ‘drinking water’, and ‘spring
water’? Most people do not – as they have ingrained in their
belief system that BOTTLED is better than tap anyway.
this is NOT the case. Many times, the bottled water you are
drinking is another city’s TAP water!
water, we were told, is cleaner, safer, healthier.
bottled water ads, you'd think that tap water might not be
healthy. But it's not true.
took five bottles of national brands of bottled water and a
sample of tap water from a drinking fountain in the middle of
New York City and sent them to microbiologist Aaron Margolin of
the University of New Hampshire to test for bacteria that can
make you sick, like E. coli.
was actually no difference between the New York City tap water
and the bottled waters that we evaluated,"
scientists have run tests like that and have consistently found
that tap water is as good for you as bottled waters that cost
500 times more.
is a funny definition," he said.
wouldn't say it's healthier than tap water. I mean, they both
provide water," Edberg added.
a taste difference justifies spending more money?
can definitely taste the difference between like a Fiji water
and an Evian and a Poland Spring," one woman said. Many
brands — Aquafina, Deer Park and Dasani — had loyal fans.
labels of the bottled waters do suggest they're special. Some
show mountains or polar bears or glaciers. You have to look at
the fine print to find out Everest Water is not from Mount
Everest. It's from Corpus Christi, Texas. Glacier Clear Water is
not from a glacier in Alaska. Its source is tap water from
Dasani and Aquafina are also just reprocessed tap water from
cities around the country. One of Aquafina's sources is the
Detroit River! At least the popular French water, Evian,
does come from France.
the World Wildlife Fund:
"Our attitudes toward tap water are being shaped by the
pollution which is choking the rivers and streams," said
the fund's water campaign director Richard Holland.
the study — conducted by University of Geneva researcher
Catherine Ferrier — said the only difference between some
bottled water and tap water is that it is distributed in bottles
rather than pipes.’
Archives of Family Medicine, researchers compared bottled water
with tap water from Cleveland, and found that nearly a quarter
of the samples of bottled water had significantly higher levels
of bacteria. The scientists concluded, "use of bottled
water on the assumption of purity can be misguided."
into account this newfound information, lets think about what is
found in the water to begin with. In my small town we have a
problem with the water, which has existed for years. Because our
water comes from a town 15 miles away and goes through two
pumping stations, it is treated twice. A good thing, you would
our issue is not the bacteria – it is the by-product of the
Chlorine used to treat the water.
several decades, the by-product has exceeded the standards
allowable, and little post-cards have been sent to all who share
in this tap water supply. The card tells us the levels have been
exceeded, and steps are being taken to correct the problem. Six
months later, another card will arrive with the same
than sending the cards, nothing has been done to correct the
is no wonder that my small town has a very high rate of cancer,
arthritis and other joint diseases, and the children have more
health problems than a neighboring city, whose water supply
comes from a larger city.
of this, most of the residents in our town have taken to
purchasing bottled water. Little did we realize we were doing as
much harm as if we had continued to drink from the tap.
this from The Nebraska Cooperative Extension Office:
water is not pure water, as nearly all bottled water contains
dissolved substances. The FDA regulates the quality of imported
bottled water and bottled water distributed through interstate
commerce. FDA has established allowable levels for a number
of potential contaminants. Bottled water cannot contain more
than the allowable level for any given substance. While there
are a few differences, the allowable level for various
contaminants allowed by the FDA in bottled water is essentially
the same as the maximum contaminant levels that the EPA allows
in public water supplies.’
Key Differences Between EPA Tap Water and FDA Bottled
E. Coli & Fecal Coliform Banned?
Frequency for Bacteria
Filter to Remove Pathogens, or Have Strictly Protected
Test for Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Viruses?
Frequency for Most Synthetic Organic Chemicals
or Seltzer Water
City Tap Water (using surface water)
(limited waivers available if clean source)
the National Resources Defense Council
following link will direct you to the National Resources Defense
Council website: http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/nbw.asp
you will find a list of contaminants in the water you purchase
in that pretty little bottle at the store. Arsenic and Ecolab
are among them.
following is an excerpt from the FDA:
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Food and Drug Administration
21 CFR Part 165
[Docket No. 2004N-0416]
AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its
bottledwater quality standard regulations by revising the existing
allowable level for the contaminant arsenic. As a
consequence, bottled water manufacturers are required to monitor their finished bottled
products for arsenic at least once each year under the current
good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations for bottled water.
Bottled water manufacturers are also required to monitor their source
water for arsenic as often as necessary, but at least once every year
unless they meet the criteria for the source water monitoring exemptions
under the CGMP regulations. This final rule will ensure that the minimum
quality of bottled water, as affected by arsenic, remains comparable
with the quality of public drinking water that meets the Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA's) standards.
DATES: This rule is effective January 23, 2006. The Director of
the Office of the Federal Register approves the incorporation by
reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51 of certain
publications in 21 CFR 165.110(b)(4)(iii), as of January 23,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer A. Burnham, Center for
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-306), Food and Drug Administration,
5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 301-436-2030.
is detected that the FDA is working to REDUCE the levels - but NOT
is a consumer to do?
The next time you go to the grocery and buy bottled water -
think about this article, and read the label of the product you
are about to buy. The only SAFE bottled water is that which has
been purified by reverse osmosis.
osmosis uses a membrane that is semi-permeable, allowing the
fluid that is being purified to pass through it, while rejecting
the contaminants that remain. Most reverse osmosis technology
uses a process known as cross-flow to allow the membrane to
continually clean itself. As some of the fluid passes through
the membrane the rest continues downstream, sweeping the
rejected species away from the membrane. The process of reverse
osmosis requires a driving force to push the fluid through the
membrane, and the most common force is pressure from a pump. The
higher the pressure, the larger the driving force. As the
concentration of the fluid being rejected increases, the driving
force required to continue concentrating the fluid increases.
the label does not state RO as the purification method, then it
was not used, and you may be purchasing someone else's tap
Smart. Be Safe. Educate yourself and ensure your families
health. There are several products on the market which purify
the water coming through your tap - and clicking
here will direct you to the ONLY one I recommend. My
recommendations are through extensive research, and by good
conscience I can offer this to you. Also, I encourage you to
visit the FDA website and discover for yourself other
contaminants - lead, for example - which are still ALLOWED to be
present in our food supply. Visit this site:
IS THE KEY.