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With the garbage, the pigs, and the death, it’s not exactly a secret that Chinese tap water is far from the healthiest source of H2O. “No big deal,” you thought, “I just drink the bottled stuff anyways.” Well you may have thought wrong, at least according to a new article by the Beijing News, which found that Chinese bottled water still follows safety guidelines adopted from the Soviet Union.
These decades-old standards do not include tests in many essential health categories, according to South China Morning Post:
According to these arcane regulations, China’s national health inspectors do not test bottled drinking water for acidity, or pH level, or for substances including mercury and silver.
More than five times more indicators are used to test running water than bottled drinking water, the paper said.
“Bottled drinking water regulation is lagging behind,” Wang Xiuyan, an adviser on mineral water for the Beijing Mining Industry Association, told the paper. “We should follow international standards.”
Water drinkers (see: everyone) may particularly want to avoid Nongfu Spring brand, which was specifically cited in an exposé by the Beijing Times for having a high concentration of arsenic and cadmium. Beverage-seekers would also do best to avoid “Eastern Bloc Springs” or “Gorbachev’s Tears”.