EU officials have prohibited bottled water manufacturers from claiming that water could prevent dehydration or face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the order, which comes into force in the UK next month, the Telegraph said.
The European Food Standards Authority (EFSA), following a three-year investigation by 21 scientists in Parma, Italy, concluded there was no evidence to prove that water could prevent dehydration saying, ‘reduced water content in the body was a symptom of dehydration and not something that drinking water could subsequently control.’
EU has recently rejected application by German professors Dr Andreas Hahn and Dr Moritz Hagenmeyer, both advisers of manufacturers on how to advertise their products, for the right to state on their labels; “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration” as well as preventing a decrease in performance.
The official website of UK Independence Party (UKIP) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Paul Nuttall, said “I had to read this four or five times before I believed it. It is a perfect example of what Brussels does best. Spend three years, with 20 separate pieces of correspondence before summoning 21 professors to Parma where they decide with great solemnity that drinking water cannot be sold as a way to combat dehydration.’
But 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.”