Health officials recommend that you drink eight glasses of water everyday. Presently, many people get their required water intake from the supposedly healthier and cleaner alternative to tap water — bottled water.
With that in mind, is it possible the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not regulating bottled water to keep harmful contaminants out?
The FDA oversees a bottled water industry worth over $11 billion, but it does not currently require companies to report positive tests for contaminants that can cause personal injury or wrongful death.
Our firm’s personal injury attorneys in San Diego we know the FDA has an important responsibility to keep the products we eat and drink regulated and safe from contaminants that can cause product liability related injuries or wrongful death.
Contaminated products can lead to any number of illnesses or personal injuries. You may have high costs in medical bills, but don’t know how to get those bills paid. If you don’t have insurance, getting these costs paid is even more difficult. Our products liability attorneys have a resource page to help you get your medical bills paid.
No matter how difficult the task may be, the FDA needs to regulate any consumer product that goes into our bodies. Even something as simple as water can be dangerous to humans if bacteria can creep into the bottles during production. One E. coli bacteria bug can taint an entire water supply.
The FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner said the agency regulates bottled water as a food, but does not know which registered food firms make bottled water. He also said that as early as September, bottlers must get rid of E. coli in their products.
In the U.S. alone last year, the average person consumed over 28 gallons of bottle water from companies like Pepsi (Aquafina) and Coca-Cola (Dasani). For some odd reason, these and other companies are not required to report positive tests for contamination. For comparison’s sake, municipal water companies must report dangerous contaminants within 24 hours. So why are city water supplies required to report contaminants, but bottled water companies are not?
The fact is bottled water companies should be just as responsible to control the safety of their products as their tap water counterparts, the municipal suppliers.
The personal injury lawyers at our San Diego firm want to urge the FDA to get more involved in the bottled water business, one in which many people rely on every day. Water is essential to life on this planet, and without a clean supply, personal injury and wrongful death may become more prevalent due to poor drinking water.
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