The world's number one mineral water company, Nestlé Waters, informed French authorities in 2021 that it had used banned treatments. With ultraviolet rays and flatter With activated carbon In some of its mineral water to maintain its “food safety,” this confirmed to Agence France-Presse yesterday, Monday, information published by the “Les Echos” website.
Nestlé Waters explained to Agence France-Presse that even if these treatments “always aimed to ensure food safety,” they “led the company to ignore the issue of compliance with regulatory rules.”
The brands in question, namely “Perrier”, “Vettel”, “Hepar” and “Contrex”, all owned by Nestlé, “are now fully compliant with the regulatory framework applied in France,” according to the company.
The rules prohibit any sterilization of mineral water, which must be of naturally high microbiological quality, unlike tap water, which is disinfected before it is safe to drink.
The interpretation of this rule does not allow resorting to UV treatments and activated carbon filters used by Nestlé Waters until at least 2021, without knowing the exact stop date.
But the company justifies the use of these technologies by “changes in the environment surrounding its sources, which can sometimes make it difficult to maintain the stability of the basic properties” of its water, in other words its nutritional safety (lack of contamination) and mineral composition.