Is bottled drinking water safe from COVID-19?
Currently, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Based on current knowledge, it is believed that Corona virus is particularly susceptible to disinfection, therefore conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
Our manufacturing process includes distillation, filtration, ozone and UV disinfection. These treatments are very effective in removing and/or inactivating viruses including the virus that causes COVID-19.
Furthermore, there is no evidence that suggests that COVID-19 is transmitted through food consumption, according to the CDC, FDA, and European Food Safety Agency (EFSA). Experience with other corona viruses suggests these viruses survive poorly on surfaces, and thus there is a very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that is shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Importantly, FDA states: “Currently there is no evidence of food or packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.”
Underlining the importance of maintaining healthy supply chains.
Please note that our Supply Chain Partners, DHL and FedEx are carefully monitoring the fluid situation around the Corona virus disease (COVID – 19) and are committed to continue serving our valued customers as best as possible. DHL and FedEx are following the guidance of federal health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as it relates to the delivery of our product as well as the safety and well-being of all employees, consumers, and customers.
Bottled Water Everywhere: Keeping it Safe
We are following the guidance of federal health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as it relates to the production and delivery of our products as well as the safety and well-being of our employees, consumers, and customers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water products, working to ensure that they’re safe to drink. FDA protects consumers of bottled water through the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which makes manufacturers responsible for producing safe, wholesome, and truthfully labeled food products.
There are regulations that focus specifically on bottled water, including:
“standard of identity” regulations that define different types of bottled water
“standard of quality” regulations that set maximum levels of contaminants—including chemical, physical, microbial, and radiological contaminants—allowed in bottled water
“current good manufacturing practice” (CGMP) regulations that require bottled water to be safe and produced under sanitary conditions
For bottled water production, bottlers must follow the CGMP regulations put in place and enforced by FDA. Water must be sampled, analyzed, and found to be safe and sanitary. These regulations also require proper plant and equipment design, bottling procedures, and record-keeping.
Bottled drinking water basics:
Americans spend billions of dollars every year on bottled water. People choose bottled water for a variety of reasons including, for example, aesthetics, taste, health concerns, or as a substitute for other beverages.
If you have questions about bottled water, make sure you are informed about where your bottled water comes from and how it has been treated. The standards for bottled water are set by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA bases its standards on the EPA standards for tap water.
For basic information on bottled water, see EPA’s brochure on Bottled Water Basics [PDF – 7 pages] External.
Read the label on your bottled water. While there is currently no standardized label for bottled water, this label may tell you about the way the bottled water is treated.
Check the label for a toll-free number or Web page address of the company that bottled the water. This may be a source of further information.
Although bottled water outbreaks are not often reported, it is important for bottled water manufacturers, distributors, and shippers to:
Protect and properly treat water before bottling
Maintain good manufacturing processes
Protect bottled water during shipping and storage
The presence of contaminants in water can lead to adverse health effects, including gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people whose immune systems are compromised because of AIDS, chemotherapy, or transplant medications, may be especially susceptible to illness from some contaminants.
Source water assessment and its availability: If an assessment, like laboratory testing, was conducted on your water source, this report lets you know how you may access the findings. The report may also show these results, such as the quantity and names of chemicals and germs found in your water source. (NOTE: All Qlarivia shipments include an official laboratory test, for each lot).
People with compromised immune systems may want to take special precautions with the water they drink. Look for bottled water treatments that protect against Cryptosporidium, and remove and/or inactivate viruses which include:
Filtration with an absolute 1-micron filter
Purification by UV and Ozone
For further information on Cryptosporidium, visit CDC’s Cryptosporidiosis: A Guide to Commercially-Bottled Water and Other Beverages.