Bottled Water Regulation
Bottled water production is regulated by the federal government through the US Food and Drug Administration and by third party regulatory agencies such as the International Bottled Water Association.
Bottled Water Production
Culligan drinking water must meet the stringent standards for quality and safety as prescribed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA regulates bottled water products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. These standards establish limits for microbiological, physical, chemical and radiological substances for both source water and bottled water products, which we must prove annually using a certified laboratory.
We go through multiple, closely monitored processing steps to ensure every container meets or exceeds our high quality standards.
All bottled water products must comply with the FDA’s Quality Standards listed in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) which includes:
- Standards of identity regulations to define different types of bottled water
- Standards of quality regulations that establish allowable levels of chemical, physical, microbial and radiological contaminants
- Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations for processing and bottling
- Labeling regulations
In addition, bottled water must comply with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. This act requires records maintenance and the registration of bottling and operations/sales facilities with the FDA.
Bottled Water Industry Standards
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) maintains a strict Bottled Water Code of Practice for its members. Southern Louisiana Water is an IBWA member and meets or exceeds their quality requirements by complying with the following standards:
- Annual inspections by third-party auditors
- Adherence to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Program
- Audits to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and industry bottled water quality regulatory standards
For more information about IBWA and the IBWA Code of Practice, visit bottledwater.org or call IBWA at 1-800-water-11.
Water Quality Reports
Our bottled water quality is analyzed on an annual basis as required by a certified laboratory. This analysis includes a bottled drinking water quality test for inorganics, organics and radiological substances as well as other physical parameters.
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