OK, once again I was having a conversation about bottled water with someone who said it isn’t regulated. That he could sell tap water and label it natural spring water because it’s not regulated.
Every so often I hear someone say this, and every time I shake my head at the ignorance of believing everything you read or hear.
But OK, maybe I’m wrong, maybe it isn’t regulated…so off I went to find out…from the Health Canada government website:
In Canada, bottled water is regulated as a food and therefore it must comply with the Food and Drugs Act. Section 4 of the Act prohibits the sale of foods which contain poisonous or harmful substances and section 5(1) of the Act prohibits the labelling, packaging, treating, processing, selling or advertising of any food in a manner that misleads or deceives consumers as to the character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety of the product.
There are specific regulations for bottled water set out in Division 12 of Part B of the Food and Drug Regulations. The regulations provide definitions for different types of bottled water and specify microbiological standards, acceptable treatments and labelling requirements for these products.
Federal laws set stringent national standards for bottled water. In addition to these laws, provinces and territories are free to establish additional requirements for their own jurisdictions.
well…that should end the debate once and for all about whether or not bottled water is regulated.
Seems I was right all along to shake my head in disbelief at these ridiculous assumptions or rumors being spread…but, I never put much stock in the rumor-mill anyways.
Granted, I can’t say about the UK or the USA but I suspect their’s is regulated too…I could be wrong, but I doubt it.