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News & Media

Apr 1, 2008

Salmonella: not only in raw chicken

The farm town of Alamosa, Colo. has a major problem: salmonella in its tap water supply.  According to the Associated Press:

More than 300 of Alamosa’s 8,500 people have been sickened since the first victims showed symptoms on March 7. Some 73 cases have been confirmed, with 11 people requiring hospitalization. Half the victims have been under age 11.

Quoting the Centers for Disease Control, the article added that there have been 15 salmonella outbreaks in municipal water systems between 1971 and 2004.

When people sign on to unfair pledges to stop buying bottled water, when governments put burdensome taxes on the product (as we’ve seen in Chicago), or local officials enact bans for bottles in city offices (as we’ve seen in San Francisco), these actions make it harder for bottled water companies to do their job, and, can put these honest businesses out of business.

These companies are being hurt by such actions, and they must be preserved.  Because as we’ve seen in Alamosa, bottled water isn’t always just a choice: it’s a necessity.

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
Jill Culora, IBWA‚ Vice President of Communications at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].


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