FDA: Thai bottled water up to standard

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came out to reassure the public that bottled water in Thailand is safe to drink despite a new study in US showing that tiny plastic particles have been found in some of them, INN News reported today (March 18).

Dr WanchaiSatayawutthipong, FDA’s secretary general, said there is no definitive evidence that such a contamination is a danger to health with even the World Health Organization and the US FDA  not yet verifying this study reported by US journalism organization Orb Media.

Microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia had tested 250 bottles of water in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, and the United States.

Dr Wanchai underscored that Thai bottled water is safe of consumers to drink with the FDA having set the quality according to international standards.

This includes the plastic bottles having to meet the Public Health Ministry’s announcement number 295 standard and drinking water itself meeting the ministry’s announcement number 61, and amendment which followed WHO’s recommendation.

Dr Wanchai added that Thailand has to wait for an assessment of this new information by various countries, including the US FDA, and if it can be confirmed by international experts Thailand is willing to make changes.


Top: Dozens of plastic water bottles at a supermarket . Photo: Reuters via Straits Times