(WIVB)–The World Health Organization is raising a red flag on plastics in drinking water.
A new UN report says pieces of micro-plastics are showing up in bottled water, possibly from the bottling process of packaging such as plastic caps.
They’re created when man-made plastics break down into pieces smaller than about one-fifth of an inch.
Officials found the current levels of micro-plastics pose a low health risk.
Experts say up to 90% of microplastics are usually eliminated through water filtration treatments.
Leaders are calling for a reduction in plastic pollution to reduce people’s exposure to potentially harmful substances.