You left a bottle (or a case) of water in your car in the August sun.  Should you feel safe drinking it?

The safety of water in plastic bottles that have been left in the sun or in a hot car varies from report to report.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) here in the U.S. doesn't seem that concerned based on their studies.  Simply put, the plastic used for bottling water is different than the plastic found in baby bottles, toys, and food storage containers.

Bottling companies have to follow strict FDA regulations for bottling water, down to the composition of the plastic in the bottles.  However, bottled water can have small amounts of toxins, levels acceptable for human consumption, and still be well within FDA standards.  When bottled water is stored properly, there is usually no toxin leakage from the plastic bottles.  However, trace amounts may appear after long periods of exposure to heat or sunshine.

So back to the original question, should you drink that bottle of water you left in your car?  Is it safe?  Most likely.  As the video below explains, just make sure the plastic bottle says 'BPA Free'.  Researchers warn that the bigger health risk is reusing plastic water bottles.  After the water is gone, the bottle should be disposed of properly.



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