Contamination of Canadian and European bottled waters with antimony from PET containers.

  title={Contamination of Canadian and European bottled waters with antimony from PET containers.},
  author={William Shotyk and Michael Krachler and Bin Chen},
  journal={Journal of environmental monitoring : JEM},
  volume={8 2},
Using clean lab methods and protocols developed for measuring Sb in polar snow and ice, we report the abundance of Sb in fifteen brands of bottled water from Canada and forty-eight from Europe. Comparison with the natural abundance of Sb in pristine groundwaters, water bottled commercially in polypropylene, analyses of source waters prior to bottling, and addition of uncontaminated groundwater to PET bottles, provides unambiguous evidence of Sb leaching from the containers. In contrast to the… 

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