EU standards for natural mineral waters

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2009/54/EC — exploitation and marketing of natural mineral waters

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THIS DIRECTIVE DO?

It harmonises the conditions under which natural mineral waters may be sold in the EU and ensures these are safe for human consumption.

KEY POINTS

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It applies from 16 July 2009.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see ‘Natural Mineral Waters and Spring Water’ on the European Commission’s website.

KEY TERMS

* carbonated natural mineral water: water to which has been added carbon dioxide (CO2) of an origin other than the water table or deposit from which the water comes.

* naturally carbonated natural mineral water: water the CO2 content of which from the spring after decanting, if any, and bottling is the same as at source. This takes into account, where appropriate, the reintroduction of a quantity of CO2 from the same water table or deposit equivalent to that released in the course of those operations.

ACT

Directive 2009/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 on the exploitation and marketing of natural mineral waters (Recast) (OJ L 164, 26.6.2009, pp. 45-58)

last update 12.04.2016