La Houille Blanche
Number 2-3, Avril 1995
|Page(s)||32 - 36|
|Published online||01 August 2009|
Au sujet de la définition et de la réglementation des eaux minérales naturelles
On the definition and regulation of natural mineral waters
Université de Bordeaux 2
In the past, mineral water was defined by means of various formulae, white today the definition given in article 2 of the Decree of 6 June 1989 is used. This Law sets out the main characteristics of mineral water, for example its health-giving properties, constituent concentrations, absence of any pollution risk, and the stability of its properties.
In France, the "licence to exploit from the spring" which, in fact, acknowledges the name "natural mineral water" is granted by the Minister of Health following a lengthy procedure. Additional licences are necessary for the water to be used in a spa establishment or a bottling plant. In both cases, there will be surveillance by a laboratory approved by the Ministry of Health.
© Société Hydrotechnique de France, 1995