Wednesday, September 02, 2020

DO WATER HAVE EXPIRY DATES?

Water is one of those liquids that we cannot live without. It satisfies our thirst, and it is necessary for blood circulation too. Water helps us stay alive, often anyone can drink water without food. 
The essence of drinking water thus, cannot be emphasized. This is because we need water most importantly for digestion. The food that we consume needs to be properly digested and this is where water comes into focus.


Drinking clean water cuts across just boiling it, most people prefer to drink from the branded ones. This means they prefer to drink bottled water, as compared to tap water.


What informs their decision is the fact that bottled water has been purified, and concentrated for human consumption. They believe so much in the capacity and sincerity of the company to give them only the best water, bottled
However, if one finds himself in a situation whereby he just finishes an intense workout and is looking for a bottle of cold water. He opens the seal, and when he brings the bottle to his lips, he notices that the expiry date indicates that the water had expired two months ago. And then, he will begin to notice that the bottle looked a little dusty too.

Does he have any reason to worry?

Of course, he doesn’t. This is because the water in the bottle does not spoil. Having a freshness date on a water bottle is simply as logical as having an expiration date for sugar or salt.
Instead it is the bottle that expires, and not the water, and there are several reasons why water bottles may expire. The main factor is government bureaucracy which requires that for as long as water is a consumable food product it is subject to laws requiring expiration dates on all consumables.


Also, although the water itself is not damaged, the plastic bottle which contains the water will "expire" and will eventually begin to seep unhealthy chemicals into the water. 


This won't necessarily make the water toxic as you may think, but it might make it taste less than freshwater. Therefore, if consumers contact beverage companies to complain that the water they bought several years ago is beginning to taste bad, bottlers may indicate that they didn't drink it before the expiration date, and this was the consumer’s fault.


Additionally, many companies fill water with the same machines which they use to fill soda and other drinks that have expired and must eventually have an expiration date. And as such, it is easier and more efficient to put a seal on all bottles always, rather than customizing a special machine for just bottled water.


Finally, expiration dates on products are usually only one item of printed code that also specifies the date, packaging manufacturer, and other information that may be required in the future. So even though the expiration date itself is meaningless when we are considering water spoilage, manufacturing information provided on the bottle may be helpful in tracking contamination, and packaging errors, whenever the need arises.

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