BOTTLED WATER INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO 'BOTTLED WATER: THE MINNESOTA SURVEY'
BOTTLED WATER INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO 'BOTTLED WATER: THE MINNESOTA SURVEY' ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Bottled Water Association issued the following: The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds the efforts of U.S. Rep. Gerry Sikorski (D-Minn.) and his staff for confirming what IBWA and the bottled water industry have long supported, the need to fill current gaps in federal regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and at the state level in Minnesota. "We applaud the congressman's efforts and his desire to protect consumers' interest," stated IBWA Vice President Lisa M. Prats. "Consumer safety is the paramount concern of our members and our association." The IBWA member companies (Culligan Soft Water of Minnetonka; Culligan Bottled Water Co. of Maple Grove; Culligan Water Conditioning of Waseca; Glenwood-Inglewood of Minneapolis; Kandiyohi of Willmar and Wis-Pac of Mankato) cited in the survey are required by IBWA to undergo an annual unannounced plant inspection by a third party inspection agency, The National Sanitation Foundation (an internationally recognized inspection agency). In addition, these companies voluntarily test for 52 organic compounds which exceeds current federal requirements for drinking water. Current FDA regulations require that bottled water must meet FDA Quality Standards, must be monitored (both source and product) in accordance with 21 Code of Federal Regulation, section 103.35, and must be processed and bottled in accordance with FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices. "Fortunately while FDA is working to expand its regulations, bottled water consumers in Minnesota and elsewhere are well protected through stringent industry sponsored self-regulation," stated Prats. "IBWA, in 1986, created a model code for bottled water regulations which encompasses source definitions, testing procedures and labeling requirements." Currently the IBWA Model Code has been adopted, in whole or in part, by 15 states representing 65 percent of the bottled water produced or sold in the United States, which includes domestic and imported bottled water products. IBWA representatives have been in contact with officials from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for the past two years urging them to adopt the Model Code. The association supports the constructive and comprehensive federal approach set forth in H.R. 3545, "The Improved Bottled Water Act." This legislation would fill the gaps in FDA regulations of bottled water. IBWA urges Sikorski to co-sponsor this bill on behalf of his Minnesota constituents. The legislation addresses every concern highlighted in his report, including increased testing of bottled water products nationwide, uniform labeling requirements and the necessary oversight by the FDA. IBWA, headquartered in Alexandria, represents bottlers, suppliers, distributors and international bottlers in the bottled water industry. More than 85 percent of bottled water sold in the United States is produced by IBWA members. -0- 12/30/91 /CONTACT: Geary Campbell of the International Bottled Water Association, 703-683-5213 or, after hours, 703-739-9256/ CO: International Bottled Water Association ST: Minnesota IN: SU:
MH-TW -- DC013 -- 5764 12/30/91 17:31 EST
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