A joint investigation by Le Monde newspaper and Radio France's investigative unit has revealed the widespread use of prohibited bottled water purification techniques by several major brands.
Statista's Anna Fleck reports that according to information released last month, at least a third of French spring and mineral water brands are concerned, including those belonging to Nestlé Waters, which has admitted using ultraviolet and activated carbon filtration treatments in some of its waters (Perrier, Vittel, Hépar and Contrex) to maintain "their food safety" standards.
Regulations prohibit any disinfection of mineral waters, which must be of naturally high microbiological quality (unlike tap water). The French government has reportedly been aware of Nestle's illicit practices since August 2021, and until now has tried to manage the crisis with the utmost discretion
Claire's Observations: Discretion in "managing the crisis" obviously doesn't translate into better safety for the end consumer!!
An out-of-control satellite is hurtling towards Earth, nearly three decades after it first launched.
The ERS-2 satellite, which served as an observation platform, is expected to enter the Earth’s atmosphere at some point on Wednesday.
The European Space Agency (ESA) said the risks associated with the two-tonne satellite are “very low”, however there is still a chance that fragments could hit populated areas.
Mirko Albani from ESA’s Earth Observation Ground Segment Department said: “It’s worth highlighting that none of the elements that might re-enter the atmosphere (and reach the surface) are radioactive or toxic.”
The predicted time for the satellite entering the Earth’s atmosphere was 3.49pm GMT (10.49 EST) on Wednesday, however a window of uncertainty means it is more likely to fall closer towards 5.30pm.
One noteworthy event is Jeff Bezos’ substantial sell-off of Amazon shares, cashing out a staggering $8.5 billion. Bezos, who founded Amazon, had planned to sell up to 50 million shares until January next year, as disclosed in Amazon’s annual report.