Bottles of mineral water recalled urgently!  Beware contamination.

Bottles of mineral water recalled urgently! Beware contamination.

Because water constitutes on average 60% of our body. Nevertheless, in this article, I present to you the brand of contaminated mineral water withdrawn from supermarkets.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about contaminated mineral waters removed from supermarkets to avoid and which ones are best to drink.

What is the brand of contaminated mineral water withdrawn from supermarkets?

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This is Clavdia mineral water

The publication of the alert for carbonated natural mineral waters sold in bottles is dated May 11 on the official website of the Ministry of Health.

It concerns the “CLAVDIA” brand of 1.5 liter Claudia sparkling natural mineral water and the “CLAVDIA” brand of 0.5 liter Clavdia sparkling natural mineral water.

Indeed, the presence of Staphylococcus aureus in the water we drink can also cause serious infections in humans.

Additionally, it can also be dangerous due to its resistance to antibiotics.

For this reason, the Ministry of Health recommends that anyone who has purchased batches of contaminated water not to consume the product.

However, he recommends that they return the product to the point of sale, in order to obtain reimbursement of the amount spent.

What is Staphylococcus aureus?

This bacterium, from which the name Staphylococcus aureus derives, is able to survive in water.

This promotes the growth of the bacteria because Staphylococcus aureus has a low concentration of chlorine.

In most cases, Staphylococcus does not cause harm to healthy people.

However, it can cause serious infections, especially in fragile people.

These range from mild skin infections to pneumonia, meningitis, endocarditis and osteomyelitis.

– What is the best mineral water to drink?

Bottled water can be either mineral water or spring water. However, both have been collected and filtered.

In the case of mineral water, minerals have been added and the taste of bottled water depends on its region of origin and its mineral content.

It can give us the impression of a slight salinity, sometimes a slight sensation of acidity, or a lightness in the mouth.

For example, Evian natural mineral water has a balanced composition of mineral salts and a neutral pH. You can drink it at any time.

What water to drink: tap water, bottled water or filtered water?

TAP WATER

It is a paradox. Tap water arouses mistrust, while it is very controlled. Except in very rare special cases, it is drinkable water, ie it meets the health requirements defined by decree. Fifty-four different parameters are monitored and checked regularly. The health and environment departments of the Regional Health Agencies are responsible for this.

Locally, the services responsible for drinking water treatment plants and distribution networks also carry out their own monitoring. It is almost permanent on the large networks supplying large towns or communities of municipalities, less frequent on the small networks found in rural areas.

But the major alerts on the deterioration of the quality of tap water launched in the 1990s by Que Choisir, from 1990 for nitrates and then for pesticides, are no longer relevant. Since then, treatment stations have multiplied and drinking water catchments polluted by nitrates and/or pesticides are regularly abandoned.

Although rivers and groundwater are still heavily contaminated, nitrate pollution of tap water is becoming rare, and pesticide standards are rarely exceeded. Regarding lead at the tap, a problem raised in 1999 by Que Choisir, the regulations have become stricter.

The regulatory limit was first lowered from 50 to 25 µg/l (micrograms per litre) for drinking water, and public lead connections were replaced. Since December 25, 2013, the regulatory limit for lead in drinking water has even been set at 10 µg/l, which corresponds to the guideline value recommended by the WHO, the World Health Organization.

The problem may still be in older buildings, when lead pipes are used in kitchens. If in doubt, avoid drinking the water from the first morning. It is indeed when the water stagnates in the pipes that it can be loaded with lead, it must therefore be allowed to flow a few moments before the first use of the day. Except in special cases, tap water is drinkable and of good quality.

BOTTLED WATER

It is clear that bottled water needs to advertise more and more to maintain its market share. The decline in purchasing power and the economic crisis have a lot to do with it, but bottled water has to face a new enemy: awareness of its environmental impact.

It is no longer a secret that transporting water by truck emits greenhouse gases and that the best waste is that which is not produced.

But when it comes to water, switching to tap water is an easy way to avoid plastic waste. There are two main categories of bottled water: mineral water and spring water. They are of underground origin, like two thirds of the tap water distributed in France.

MINERAL WATERS

Mineral waters have a strong particularity, they do not meet the same regulations as tap water. Some would be refused in the public distribution network, because they do not meet the criteria that define drinking water. They are subject to specific standards and can reach levels that are not tolerated in drinking water.

For example, the limit for fluoride in drinking water is 1.5 mg/l, while mineral water can contain up to 5 mg/l. The composition of mineral water must remain stable over time and, compared to tap water, mineral water does not undergo many treatments.

Iron, manganese and fluorine can be treated, but no disinfection treatment is carried out. The differences between the brands are due to the differences in mineralization, i.e. the content of calcium, magnesium, fluorine, sulphates, sodium, etc. Some highly mineralized waters are not necessarily suitable for daily use; it is better to check the composition, which must be indicated on the label.

SPRING WATER

Unlike mineral water, spring water is subject to the same regulations as tap water, that is to say, it must meet all the criteria of potability. However, like mineral water, spring water should not be disinfected. Their composition may vary over time.

If you are used to buying spring water for its composition, it is therefore important to check the label from time to time.

From name to name and even bottle to bottle, the mineral content of spring water can also vary significantly. The same spring water can come from several sources in different regions, and its composition obviously changes according to the origin.

However, in the store, the bottles have the same name, so it is important to check the name of the source and look at the label to identify the differences.

WATER FROM FILTER JUGS

The market for bottled water is shrinking, while tap water still arouses mistrust. So there was a place to take, and it is the filter jugs that occupy it, Brita in mind. From 200,000 units sold in 2000, the number one in the sector has grown to 1,250,000 carafes sold 10 years later.

Is this success of filter jugs justified? To judge objectively, Que Choisir carried out two laboratory tests a few years ago. The first test was carried out on new jugs purchased on the market, the second on tap water and filtered water from 31 volunteer families living in different regions.

While the new carafes partially delivered on their promises, even if they had some weaknesses, the situation in the homes of carafe users who had their water tested was catastrophic. Of the 31 tests, not a single one saved the water filtration! While most of these households receive potable tap water, the filtered water is degraded.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF WATER?

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The average price per liter of the different drinking waters varies greatly. The big winner is tap water, at €0.003 per liter on average, or not even €2 per year for a consumption of 1.5 liters of tap water per day.

When you use a filter jug, the price per liter is multiplied by 20 on average, and it explodes as soon as you switch to bottled water: €0.20 per liter for spring water, 0, €40 per liter for mineral water, or €110 to €220 per year, to which must be added the cost of disposing of plastic bottles, compared to only €2 for tap water.

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