Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

Overview "Frequently Asked Questions about PET bottles"

Why can antimony be detected in beverages in PET bottles? How does antimony affect human beings?

Some time ago there were reports in the press about the study findings of the Institute for Environmental Geochemistry at Heidelberg University on the presence of antimony in PET beverage bottles. Antimony compounds are used as a catalyst in PET production. 

BfR has assessed the study findings of the Heidelberg scientists and is of the opinion that no risks to human health are to be expected because the antimony levels measured are two orders of magnitude below the migration limit value for antimony. The migration limit value has been set by the European Food Safety Authority.

  Last changes 2014-10-23