Plastic bottles cause cancer - an urban myth

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Melbourne, Nov 29 (UNI) People who reuse a plastic bottle for carrying drinking water are in no danger from cancer, a leading chemical industry has reported.

The belief that repeated use of PET results in chemicals leaching from the plastic into the water leading to risked exposure to carcinogens has been rendered an ''urban myth''.

Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) chief executive Michael Catchpole said there was no scientific basis to the claim, which was doing rounds for several years.

The plastic had been declared safe by Food Safety Australia New Zealand, The Australian quoted him as saying.

Its source was, however, tracked back to a Canadian bottled water manufacturer, which allegedly wanted promote the purchase of bottled water and discourage people from re-using plastic bottles refilled with tap water, Mr Catchpole said.

The plastic used in drink bottles was a safe material used worldwide for bottled water and for many popular soft drinks.


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