Bottled Water Testing and Control

Safety First

Bottled waters must meet the highest safety standards. It is carefully protected at source and throughout the entire bottling process as defined by HACCP principles (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) and good industry practice. Before obtaining permission to operate, bottlers of natural mineral and spring water must first meet strict hygienic requirements and rules laid down by national authorities.

Following approval, every bottler must  continually prove that the water is safe to drink. Regular testing is carried on all waters that are destined for bottling to ensure that they are microbiologically safe for consumption.

Contamination Free

Natural mineral and spring waters must be suitable for consumption at source. In order to be able to guarantee this pure and high-quality product reaches the consumer, two individual systems have been put in place. These guarantee that bottled water sources are protected from pollution and therefore free from contaminants such as pesticides, pathogenic bacteria or toxic metals. The first is that the sources are carefully checked and inspected before they may be used. Sources which contain any contaminants may not be used.

The second guarantee is the protection that sources must have once they have been approved for use. Every source must be protected from contamination and water bottlers must ensure that the purity of the water is maintained. 

Frequency of Testing 

All bottled water production must comply with food safety regulations and these processes are also guided by industry good practice and guidelines. The water is rigorously monitored at the spring and in all production steps, according to control plans derived from a compulsory HACCP approach (Hazard Analysis and Control of Critical Points). 

The product is not released for sale until retention samples have demonstrated that each batch is safe. 

Because bottled water are considered a foodstuff, the frequency at which safety checks are performed is high, resulting in a quite significant number of individual samples. All these checks mean that bottled water is, on average, one of the most frequently safety-checked sources of water.

by PEAK Sourcing