EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.
perhaps it is worth reading the reasoning, quoted in the very last paragraphs of the article before jumping to conclusions. One might imagine, that by withholding the actual reasoning until the end, the intent was ridicule not any objective discussion. The reasoning is correct, and the statement originally submitted could comply if if the readers didn't believe that water was the ONLY substance that could lead to rehydration. Of course this whole thing is a bit silly, but the article certainly is neither fair nor balanced.
"Prof Brian Ratcliffe, spokesman for the Nutrition Society, said dehydration was usually caused by a clinical condition and that one could remain adequately hydrated without drinking water.
He said: ?The EU is saying that this does not reduce the risk of dehydration and that is correct.
?This claim is trying to imply that there is something special about bottled water which is not a reasonable claim.?"