Labelling Requirements for Prepackaged Water and Ice

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This section provides information on the labelling requirements for water and ice which has been prepackaged in sealed containers for use by consumers subject to the Food and Drugs Act (FDA), the Food and Drug Regulations(FDR), the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA) and Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (CPLR). In addition, provincial regulations may also have requirements for prepackaged water and ice that apply to products sold in that province. Note that this information does not apply to drinking water that is not prepackaged, such as municipal water supplies. Health Canada's webpage on Drinking Water provides information on non-prepackaged drinking water.

The requirements detailed in the following sections are specific to prepackaged water and ice. They are in addition to the core labelling and claims and statements pages of the Industry Labelling Tool that apply to all prepackaged foods.

Prepackaged water can come from a variety of sources including springs, aquifers, or municipal supplies and may be treated to make it fit for people to drink. Water represented as mineral or spring water has a prescribed standard in Part B, Division 12 of the FDR, B.12.001. Part B, Division 12 of the FDR also includes specific microbiological standards, acceptable treatments and specific labelling requirements.

Prepackaged spring or mineral water may not be subjected to any treatment that would modify the original composition of the water. It may be treated by the addition of carbon dioxide for carbonation, ozone for disinfection during the bottling process and fluoride for the prevention of dental caries.

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