Government Officials Pushing for Stricter Labeling on Bottled Water
Both the Government Accountability Office and The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, recommended in reports released on Wednesday that bottled water be labeled with the same level of information municipal water providers must disclose.
As a food product, bottled water is regulated by the FDA and required to show nutrition information and ingredients on its labels. Municipal water is under the control of the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the Government Accountability Office, the two agencies have similar standards for water quality, but the FDA has less authority to enforce these standards.
Consequently, researchers urge Americans to make bottled water a “distant second choice” as opposed to filtered tap water because researchers claim there isn’t enough information about bottled water. The Environmental Working Group recommends that Americans purify their tap water by purchasing a commercial filter.
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