Packed (bottled) waters imply waters for human consumption, packed and sealed in bottles or other sanitary and proper package. For packed waters in competent literature of the world, there is a catchword - PACKED WATERS. When we talk about water packed in bottles, domestic term is bottled waters.
Bottled waters represent great choice of beverages for hydration and refreshment, because they have constant security, quality and taste. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully regulate bottled waters as a packed food product and require bottled water to adhere to FDA's extensive food safety, labelling and inspection requirements. Bottled water is also subject to state regulations and at the industry level, members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) are required to follow the IBWA Model Code.
Water is classified as "bottled water" or "drinking water" when it meets all applicable federal and state standards.
More and more people around the world are recognizing the health benefits of drinking water and are showing their preference for the taste and convenience of bottled waters. This is reflected in an annual growth rate of 9 % since 1997, with the global bottled water market totalling 126 billion litres in 2002.
Definitions of products
Not carbonate mineral, spring or table waters with or without addition of flavour and minerals/vitamins.
Mineral, spring and table waters enriched with a CO2, also including low carbonate water, no matter if they are natural sparkling or if they attain effect with an addition of CO2.
Bottled waters with addition of aromatic and/or flavour substances, but they do not consist sweet agents (these waters include carbonate drinks and beverages which are not naturally enriched with CO2).