Why bottled water have expiration dates

Why does bottled water have expiration dates? Does bottled water spoil? And if it does. Why does bottled water expire and go bad? Learn more about this interesting fun fact and how we believe there must be some conspiracy. That plus why we think machines are taking over. Yes, that is the kind of new we here at the Fred Wild happily bring to all of you.

Bottled Water Have Expiration Dates?

It’s an interesting question: Why do bottled water have an expiration date? Could it be that water goes Bad? What does the CDC, the federal agency that governs these types of food products, say about the expiration date? Or is there a secret unknown conspiracy that we simply do not know about.

Does Bottle Water go Bad? Spoil?
According to the information we have gathered. The expiration date on water bottles is for the bottle, not the water. Water does not go bad per say. You can leave a cup of water out come back tomorrow and drink it and it will be fine. What effects the water is the fact that it sits out in the open. Things like dust, dirt and such effect the acidity of the water.
Bottle water, however, keeps dust, oxygen, and microbes from getting to it. That means, according to the CDC, bottled water can be safe to consume for a very long time as long as it’s stored out of direct sunlight (or high heat).

Keep it away from pesticides, gasoline, and the bottle isn’t compromised. Essentially, you can ignore the expiration dates on your bottled water; just make sure it was stored safely. After long-term storage, the bottled water’s appearance, smell or taste may change somewhat, but the water will still be safe to consume, says the FDA. And while bottled water manufacturers are permitted to put expiration dates on their labels, these dates are meant to be indicators of quality, not safety.”

The FDA: Why bottled water have expiration dates

I found an article on the FDA website from February/March 2002 about bottled water that concurred with what Consumer Reports said. Among the notable text:

“In the U.S., bottled water and tap water are regulated by two different agencies; the FDA regulates bottled water and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates tap water… FDA regulates bottled water as a food… Bottled water is considered to have an indefinite safety shelf life if it is produced in accordance with CGMP [Current Good Manufacturing Process] and quality standard regulations and is stored in an unopened, properly sealed container. Therefore, FDA does not require an expiration date for bottled water. However, long-term storage of bottled water may result in aesthetic defects, such as off-odor and taste. Bottlers may voluntarily put expiration dates on their labels…”

The expiration date basically is there to help the bottled water companies. The bottle has a tendency to discolor and water may or may not taste fresh and this hinders the bottom line. It’s all about image and sales. Would you pay three dollars for a bottled water that has a nasty yellowish ting?

Thing about plastic

The funny thing is, depending on the bottle – plastic is said to have a long life. In fact, most plastic products can take up to 450 years for the plastic bottle to completely decompose. I bet they would never put that as the expiration date.

Postconsumers.com: Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is at least 450 years. It can even take some bottles 1000 years to biodegrade! That’s a long time for even the smallest bottle. 90% of bottles aren’t even recycled. Makes you think twice about that water or soda, right? Bottles made with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE) will never biodegrade.

Why does bottled water have expiration dates


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