Bottled Water RegulationBottled 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 ProductionCulligan 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.
Federal RegulationsAll 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
Bottled Water Industry StandardsThe 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