AJAC  Vol.4 No.4 , April 2013
Safety of Lebanese Bottled Waters: VOCs Analysis and Migration Studies

Despite the worldwide increase in the consumption of PET-bottled mineral waters compared to tap waters encouraged by its microbiological and chemical safety for public health, contaminants could migrate from the plastic packaging into the water and induce adverse effects on human health. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, ortho, meta, and para-xylenes (BTEX), styrene, chlorobenzene and benzaldehyde are among the potential contaminants of bottled waters. This study aimed to assess Lebanese PET-bottled waters, in respect of VOCs contents, with comparison to polycarbonate-bottled and tap waters. Both HS-SPME-GC/FID and SPE-GC/FID were optimized and validated for VOCs determination in the waters, and their performances were compared. The HS-SPME-GC/FID was valid (Afnor NF T 90-210 (May 2009)) for all the studied molecules with limits of quantifications (LOQ) far lower the maximum contaminants levels (MCLs) set by both US-EPA and WHO. SPE-GC/FID was valid only for ethylbenzene, m/p-xylenes, o-xylene, and styrene, with poorer LOQs. HS-SPME-GC/FID was used therefore for VOCs monitoring in studied water samples showing the safety of the Lebanese bottled-water. The effects of bottles storage conditions (time, and exposure to sunlight) on VOCs migration were also studied.

Cite this paper: A. Ghanem, J. Maalouly, R. Saad, D. Salameh and C. Saliba, "Safety of Lebanese Bottled Waters: VOCs Analysis and Migration Studies," American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 4 No. 4, 2013, pp. 176-189. doi: 10.4236/ajac.2013.44023.

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