How many of you buy bottled water? We all do from time to time. It’s convenient when we are on the go, but how many people take the time to examine the cap before opening it, to ensure the product is safe for consumption?

Most of us just assumed that as long as the bottle cap is still attached to the security ring, it is safe. This is not always true. The caps for most bottled water used to be made of a harder, white plastic material but recently, due to environmental issues, most manufacturers started using the thinner, transparent plastic material, to reduce the amount of waste instead.

This is better for the environment because it uses less plastic and it also reduce the overall costs to manufacture the caps, but are they secured and safe? Like most people, as long as we are able to twist and tear off the bottle caps, we assume the content inside is safe for consumption.

People are now discovering that the thinner style bottle caps may have been damaged when they examine it more closely. These caps use less plastic and therefore are vulnerable to crack during the manufacturing process or during shipment. This is not very noticeable until the bottle is opened and as it is being tightened.

unsafe bottled water with damaged cap

The damage on the bottle cap usually occur at the top part, along the edge. If there is a break, it will be clearly visible when examined closely.

Best practice is to examine the bottle cap before making your purchase. Any slight crack on the bottle crack may be subject to bacterial and germs entering the inside of the bottle. Do not consume the water as it may not be safe. Return it to the place of purchase.

Should you worry about bottled water?

Should you worry about unsafe bottled products?

Should you worry about tampered bottled water?

You decide!

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