Canadian Food Inspection Agency Testing Bottled Water for Canadians

June 28, 2012, Ottawa: After testing 300 samples, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) found that 100% of the bottled water samples tested for toxins known as microcystins met Health Canada's standards.

The CFIA tested 300 samples of domestic and imported bottled water products (i.e. unflavoured carbonated, mineral and spring water) in plastic and glass bottles sold in retail stores in 10 Canadian cities. None of the samples contained detectable levels of microcystins.

Microcystins are produced by blue-green algae which are commonly found in surface water, raw and municipal water supplies and recreational waters. They can give water an unpleasant taste and odour, and may cause illness to those who drink them.

The CFIA routinely tests various food products for specific hazards to determine whether they pose a potential health risk to consumers. If a human health risk is found, a public recall notice is issued immediately.

Further information on this survey report is available on the CFIA website.

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