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IBWA Claims Tests Show No Contaminants, But Test Results Nowhere to Be Found

    * CONTACT: EWG Public Affairs, (202) 667-6982 or (202) 441-6214

    * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2008

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the lobby group for the bottled water industry used untruths, misleading statements and claims that were outright wrong in its attempt to dispel a study by [Link Removed] (EWG) that found harmful chemicals in a number of popular U.S. brands.

Unfortunately, the list of false and misleading statements made by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is rather long, but EWG prides itself on using the most accurate data in its research and setting the record straight with most accurate information available.

IBWA: EWG tests show that two bottled water samples did not meet a California state standard for one regulated substance.

Fact: EWG tests show that three bottled water samples from two cities exceeded limits for known and suspected carcinogens set by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (also known as Proposition 65) and the California health code on two counts:

    * One chemical, bromodichloromethane, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has labeled a known carcinogen and which was found at levels three to five times higher than California's Proposition 65 safety standard.

    * A family of chemicals, trihalomethanes, which the EPA, California authorities and other governmental and international bodies consider cancer-causing by-products of municipal water treatment.

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