How safe is your Bottled Water?
We all love neatly packaged things. We are obsessed with it. It is the simple task of unwrapping something that brings a certain satisfaction in our lives. People spend a lots of money on packaged and bottled products in their lives. Be it bottled water or juice, we have various reasons to choose them, mainly taste, health concerns, minerals and the ability to take them along with us.
Bottling and Packaging is an important aspect of any brand. Companies come up with innovative ways to package, to make the product sell more by enticing the user.
Good packaging protects your product, great packaging protects your brand.
How informed are we?
We buy bottled water all the time, when we travel, order at restaurants etc. but do we really understand where the water is coming from? Is the bottle meeting the standards of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)? Do we really read the labels on the bottle? While there might not be a standardized label for bottled water, we can sure get a lot of information about water treatment on label. Or you can check their web pages for more information.
Immunocompromised individuals and Bottled Water
People with compromised immune systems may want to take special precautions with the water they drink. In healthy individuals, the parasiteCryptosporidium can cause illness; however, for those with weakened immune systems, it can cause severe illness and possibly death. Look for bottled water treatments that protect against Cryptosporidium, which include:
- Reverse Osmosis
- Filtration with an absolute 1 micron filter
Fluoride and Bottled Water
Some bottled waters contain fluoride, and some do not. Fluoride can occur naturally in source waters used for bottling or be added. Most bottled waters contain fluoride at levels that are less than optimal for good oral health.
Safety and Regulation
The FDA regulates bottled water under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and sets standards for bottled water that are based on ones developed by EPA. If these standards are met, water is considered safe for most healthy individuals. The bottled water industry must also follow FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) for processing and bottling drinking water.
Bottled Water Outbreaks
Although bottled water outbreaks are not often reported, they do occur. It is important for bottled water manufacturers, distributors, and consumers to:
- Protect and properly treat water before bottling
- Maintain good manufacturing processes
- Protect bottled water during shipping and storage
- Prevent contamination at the point of use (after purchase by the consumer)
The presence of contaminants in water can lead to adverse health effects, including gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people whose immune systems are compromised because of AIDS, chemotherapy, or transplant medications, may be especially susceptible to illness from some contaminants.
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