The National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Pro Consumidor) called on businesses that sell water packaged in plastic bottles not to expose this product to the sun because of the damage it causes to consumers’ health.
The administrative deputy director of Pro Consumidor, María Teresa Paulino, pointed out that suppliers must take the necessary measures to prevent plastic bottles containing water for human consumption from being exposed to the sun’s rays because investigations carried out in different countries have revealed that when these containers receive sudden temperature changes, they release chemical components that are harmful to health.
“Both water, juices and other liquids packaged in plastic bottles that are exposed to heat, could release chemicals, such as antimony and other chemicals that cause catastrophic diseases,“ explained Paulino.
The official reported that Pro Consumidor has carried out inspections of trades and complaints, verifying this bad practice in supermarkets, grocery stores, and other businesses located in different countries.
He said that this issue is essential for the Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights since health is a fundamental right both in the Constitution and in Law 358-05 that creates this entity.
” From now on we are going to demand that both the transport companies of these products and the sellers take the necessary and corrective measures in order to discontinue this commercial practice that harms consumers,” he said.