Thursday, July 02, 2009

Bottled Water: Why Does It Have An Expiration Date?

via DIGG:

Have you ever wondered why that bottle of Poland Spring has a “drink by” date on it when common sense dictates that water doesn’t go bad? You can thank the great state of New Jersey. A 1987 NJ state law required all food products sold there to display an expiration date of two years or less from the date of manufacture. Labeling, separating and shipping batches of expiration-dated water to the Garden State seemed a little inefficient to bottled water producers, so most of them simply started giving every bottle a two-year expiration date, no matter where it was going.

Just a little tidbit I found interesting ... I'm sure it applies to a lot of things. I've read that canned goods stored in a moisture free/UV ray free room can last up to 10 years.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can see canned goods lasting at least five years due to the nature of the processing and the container. Bottled water really SHOULD have an expiration date for several reasons.

First is the kind of plastic that is used in the bottling. Based on what I have heard and read some of these plastics break down over the course of time and leach chemicals into the contents.

Additionally, I have heard reports of bacterial contamination in older bottled water. For these reasons, it might be prudent to at least have some more regulation with bottled water. The industry has way too fews checks and balances.