Nestlé Waters' quality standards exceed those required by legislation in Europe or in the United States.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the primary regulatory body for water.
With the Safe Drinking Water Act, which applies to all types of drinking water, the FDA sets specific standards for different types of bottled water, determines the maximum allowable mineral and microbiological levels, and defines the required quality tests.
In Europe, the European Commission plays a similar role, informing the national legislation in place for each Member State.
As a world leader in the bottled water sector, we apply the strictest standards, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and sometimes going well beyond them.
Our standards for quality also apply in developing countries, where local regulations may be lacking or non-existent.
An abstract of some maximum allowable levels compared to Nestlé Waters own standards is shown in this table for the United States market :
For all of these items, Nestlé Waters North America’s standards for maximum allowable levels of potential contaminants are stricter than government requirements.
In addition, some United States federal regulations for bottled water are stronger than those for municipal water, most notably for lead, coliform and E. coli contaminants.
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