Hormones and PET bottles: New results finally indicate there’s no reason to panic

Dr. Michael Washüttl Head of Packaging and Food Department, OFI, Austria

For many years, PET bottles have been suspected of containing hormonally active substances that could affect the human organism. However, this suspicion is based on analyses of mineral water, whereas the hormonal effects of PET bottles themselves have, so far, never been examined. An OFI research team has finally undertaken this task, with reassuring results. In the context of a research project, 40 different PET samples were tested by means of reliable, high-sensitivity methods – with undramatic results.