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Bottled Water May Cause Food Poisoning

Americans increasingly are turning to bottled water, making it a $4 billion-a-year business in the United States. Millions of us are willing to pay 240 to over 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than we do for tap water--though we probably rarely think of it that way.

A new study from England shows that bottled water may be a previously unrecognized source of illness. The study found that over 10 percent of the cases of food poisoning might be due to drinking infected bottled water. The researchers found that the infections are caused by the campylobacter bug. Contaminated water supplies, milk, and poultry are recognized risk factors for campylobacter.

I believe it is unwise to rely on bottled water as your primary source of water unless you are having it delivered in five-gallon recycled bottles. There is an enormous waste of materials and energy when one uses the disposable plastic bottles that carry the water. It is bad enough we have that from the soda industry, but to magnify that with drinking water is only asking for further environmental problems. Several years ago I posted an article The Real Cost of Bottled Water that reviews these details in more depth.

BBC News October 3, 2003

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