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Crossing the city line for Chicagoan bottled water

Last year, Chicago imposed a 5-cents per-bottle tax to help ease a nearly $200 million budget gap.

Not only is this tax discriminatory against bottled water, but the effects of the extra cost can really hurt business in the city, as we see in Eric Zorn’s column in the Chicago Tribune

Not wanting to pay for bottles in the Windy City, he crossed the line into the suburbs.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. Additionally, IBWA requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Model Code is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.

For more information about IBWA, bottled water and a list of member‚ brands, please contact
Chris Hogan, IBWA‚ Vice President of Communications at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].

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