Aug. 13, 2019

A comprehensive evaluation by the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFRTI), Mysore has determined that PET bottles are safe.


  • For years there’s been a debate internationally on whether PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles, which are the mainstay of plastic bottles and disposable food containers, leach harmful chemicals when exposed to high temperatures.

  • The CFRTI analysis concluded that antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury, selenium and zinc “were below” their detection limits (BDL) of 0.001 mg/kg.

  • BPA (bis-phenol A) was below its detection limit of 0.02 mg/kg.
    • BPA is a synthetic organic compound and used in the manufacture of PET bottles.

    • But it is now phased out after research found a link between the presence of BPA and the disruption of hormone regulation, as well as breast cancer.

  • They were also below the EU (European Union) regulation norms of the “specific migration limit”, which is the maximum amount of a substance that can migrate from a food packaging material or food container into food.

  • The study was commissioned by the industry body named Pet Packaging Association for Clean Environment (PACE).

Source : The Hindu