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The world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday. "Widespread contamination" with plastic was found in the study, led by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, according to a summary released by Orb Media, a U.S.-based non-profit media collective.On average, plastic particles in the 100 micron size range – considered "microplastics," – were found at an average rate of 10.4 plastic particles per liter.Other brands that were found to contain plastic contamination included Bisleri, Epura, Gerolsteiner, Minalba and Wahaha.
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