Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bottled Water Facts For Immuno-Compromised Individuals

The quality of bottled water is important for all consumers who drink bottled water, but it is of significant consequence to those with health concerns or compromised immune systems. Some general facts about bottled water are provided here:

Bottled water may come from either a natural source or a public water source. Many bottled waters come from natural sources like springs or wells originating from deep within the earth. By law, these sources must be protected from surface intrusion and other environmental influences. This requirement ensures that surface water contaminants such as Cryptosporidium or Giardia are not present.

Bottled waters may also come from treated municipal supplies. All IBWA members using municipal sources reprocess this water employ methods such as reverse osmosis, deionization, distillation and filtration. This ensures the finished product is very different - in composition and taste - from the original source water.

The bottled water industry is regulated on three levels: federal, state and industry association. Bottled water is regulated as a food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bottled water companies must adhere to the FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices, Quality Standards and Standards of Identity. Additionally, bottled water is subject to state regulatory requirements and IBWA members must meet IBWA's own strict set of standards, the Model Code.

Water is classified as "bottled water" if it meets all federal and state standards, is sealed in a sanitary container and is sold for human consumption or cooking.
IBWA members produce and distribute 85 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States. As a condition of membership, bottlers must submit to an annual, unannounced inspection administered by an internationally recognized, third-party inspection organization, the National Sanitation Foundation. This inspection reviews all areas of plant operation from source to finished product.

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