Nation’s Leading Bottled Water Company Commends Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s Call to Make Transparency a Priority
Greenwich, Conn. (December 8, 2009) – Nestlé Waters North America leads the bottled water industry in testing and reporting on the quality of its products, and supports Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s call today for federal standards to require disclosure by all bottled water manufacturers of water sources and test results concerning water quality. Some Nestlé Waters brands include Poland Spring® Natural Spring Water, Deer Park® Natural Spring Water, Arrowhead® Mountain Spring Water and Nestlé® Pure Life®.
- Water Source Identification: Nestlé Waters North America identifies water sources on its bottle labels and/or online.
- Quality Reports: Since 2005, Nestlé Waters North America has made quality reports publicly available for all of its brands. These reports are comparable to those published by public water utilities and are based on independent testing results from certified laboratories.
- Easy Consumer Access to Information: Consumers can access information about Nestlé Waters North America’s water sources and quality reports via phone number or Web site, both of which are listed on product labels.
“If people want to know where the water comes from or what is in it, they should be able to find that out,” said Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America. “Information about drinking water quality should be easily available, and we echo Senator Lautenberg’s call for a federal standard for all bottled water companies to transparently communicate the quality of their water.
“We are proud of the quality of our water brands. This is why, for years, we’ve put our sources on the label. Our spring water sources are especially selected for great taste, quality, and sustainability, they are carefully monitored, and we publish our brands’ quality reports online for all to see,” Jeffery continued.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for overseeing the safety of bottled water, which, like other food products such as infant formula and seafood, must be processed, packaged, shipped and stored in a safe and sanitary manner, and be truthfully and accurately labeled. Bottled water is one of the most regulated food products, with FDA protocols specific to bottled water processing and labeling.
Bottled water generally has a strong track record for quality. There have been no validated cases that bottled water has caused illnesses in the past five years, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s survey of 50 States and District of Columbia. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year there are anywhere from 4 million to 33 million cases of gastrointestinal illness associated with public drinking water systems.
In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, FDA regulations for bottled water are at least as stringent as those imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for municipal drinking water.
Nestlé Waters’ bottled waters come from carefully selected sources, use state-of-the-art filtration and quality control processes, and are bottled in sanitary conditions. In high-risk areas like bacteriological contamination and lead, Nestlé Waters’ standards meet the regulations set forth by the FDA and are actually more stringent than the EPA’s standards for tap water.
Nestlé Waters North America tests more than 200 times per bottling line every day to meet FDA standards as well as the company’s own internal quality standards. Nestlé Waters’ bottling plants undergo independent annual inspection. These facilities are also subject to both state and federal regulations.
At present, members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), the bottled water industry trade group, are encouraged to release information about the contents of their water. People can go to the IBWA Web site to obtain contact information or water quality information for all IBWA member brands. IBWA has petitioned the FDA to require all bottled water labels to include a telephone number that will allow consumers to contact manufacturers for information not already on the labels.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Central to the leadership of Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is its 33-year history and single-focus on producing bottled water products. The company’s dedication to product quality, manufacturing expertise, efficient production, employee development and environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has helped Nestlé Waters become the number one bottled water company in the U.S. To reach success, the company follows its credo: Respect for each other, respect for the environment, and respect for the community. To learn more, visit www.Nestle-WatersNA.com.