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NEW LAW MAKES MICHIGAN BOTTLED WATER PASS TOUGHEST TESTS IN U.S.

 NEW LAW MAKES MICHIGAN BOTTLED WATER PASS TOUGHEST TESTS IN U.S.
 LANSING, Mich., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan consumers can be reassured by a new law that gives Michigan the nation's highest standards for bottled water, according to Bill Schuette, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
 Public Act 129 adopts for bottled water the same quality and purity standards as required for drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Safety Drinking Water Act.
 "I'm proud that, once again, Michigan leads the nation in quality and purity standards for a consumer product," said Schuette.
 Michigan Public Act 129 also requires truth in labeling. The new act defines and provides specifications for 11 categories of bottled water, from mineral to spring water. The tightly defined categories are designed to help ensure that all bottled water is accurately identified, labeled, and advertised as to the composition of the water.
 "Michigan residents have the right to expect that their bottled water actually contains what the label claims," said state Rep. Gary Randall, sponsor of the bill.
 An example of false advertising occurred recently in Texas, where a company sold "spring water" that was actually bottled tap water. P.A. 129 requires that bottled water match the claims on the label. If the product is advertised as spring water, the bottler must be able to prove it.
 The new law also requires:
 -- Each bottled-water manufacturer must register each brand of bottled water with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Registration will identify products being imported and sold in Michigan and will help the department monitor the quality of the products.
 -- Water from water-vending machines must meet the same quality standards as required for bottled water. Water-vending machines must also be registered with the department.
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 /CONTACT: Neal Fortin of Michigan Department of Agriculture Food Division, 517-373-1060/ CO: Michigan Department of Agriculture ST: Michigan IN: FOD SU: LEG


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