EU bans food claim that water prevents dehydration

The UK’s “The Telegraph” newspaper reports today:

EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration

By Victoria Ward and Nick Collins – 18 Nov 2011

Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.

NHS health guidelines state clearly that drinking water helps avoid dehydration, and that Britons should drink at least 1.2 litres per day.

EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.

Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.

Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large.

“The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.

“If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.”


EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration

3 Responses

  1. I heard about this on the BBC radio and a (huh) professor said that just any food was mostly water so ‘therefore’ would equally prevent dehydration. But that is nonsense because the food also contains the non-water materials that cancel out the hydration effect. On the reasoning of that professor people would not need to drink anything because the food alone would suffice.

  2. No no; they’re right. Listen to the EU. Health claim! Health claim! Can’t claim that cherries are good for you, and why. Can’t claim that oranges and lemons are good for you, and why. Can’t claim that red and purple fruits and vegies are good for you, and why. Can’t make any health claims about anything that isn’t a drug – at least not until you have spent the amount of money that the pharmaceutical industry has spent to make THEIR claims about their products. Unfair! Unfair!

    And just so are we learning to love Big Brother.

  3. It’s a (excuse the pun) dry run for being able to claim the opposite of what is obviously true and make the public accept it. They already do this in government scientific circles as in the man made global warming scam and unscientific NIST 911 report but such mainstream lies require the public to investigate, collate information and make inferences to discern the truth. They want to be able to overtly lie to the public in an obvious manner, to claim gravity doesn’t exist, the sun doesn’t rise every morning etc and force the public to accept it. It’s a psychological dominance technique.

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