How much water from Poland Spring is in that bottle?
Mother Jones says the answer may surprise consumers: Only about one-third comes from the source with that name.
According to the muckraking publication, only about one-third of the water sold under the Poland Spring brand actually comes from the location bearing that name. Here's where its gets a little tricky. A 2002 lawsuit accused the company of false advertising because the original Poland Spring dried up in 1967. Nestlé (NSRGY), the corporate parent of Poland Spring, settled the case without admitting wrongdoing and offered $10 million in discounts for consumers and donations to charity.
Mother Jones quotes Nestlé spokeswoman Jane Lazgin saying the majority of Poland Spring comes from other springs in Maine. "I guess there was a time where it almost all came from Poland Spring, Maine," Lazgin said. "We purchased the company in 1980 and since that time we have added springs in Maine."
One reason why Poland Spring diversified its supplies is huge demand for the brand, she said. Nestlé's other water brands are tied to specific places, but Lazgin declined to say what percentage of the products comes from those areas, Mother Jones said. Lazgin didn't respond to an email request for comment from MSN Money. The International Bottled Water Association also could not be reached.
Environmentalists have long accused the bottled water industry of misleading consumers about the purity of its product. A 2011 report by the Environmental Working Group noted that many brands make "vague claims of a pristine source" on their labels.
There may be a reason for this evasiveness. The Natural Resources Defense Council notes on its website: "Just because water comes from a bottle does not mean that it is any purer than tap water."
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My Mars candy bar didn't come from that planet!
Who do I sue for that????
But I'm amazed at the people carrying it around like a tit, when they were a baby...
As I pick up my 30th. cup of coffee for the day...And take a sip..
Those of us that have well water may actually prefer to buy bottled water.
I've got a whole house filter, which I change every 6 weeks. Then the kitchen tap has another filter but when I change the main filter , that stuff that gets caked on the filter is gross!
I'd rather buy bottled water to drink then take a chance.
Of course my water was tested but who knows?
We do cook with it but drink only bottled water
Also as a gardener I use lots of chemicals and that could leech into the groundwater as well.
Better to buy a case at Costco for $4.00
Consumers need to demand TRUTHFUL labeling and more information about INGREDIENTS on water labels and all other food and drink products.
We have excellent water, with minerals...too many.
Have never tasted or drank, any Bottled water...That was as good as ours.
Just pumped up from a large deep aquifer beneath us...
Thought about bottling or starting a plant, once upon a time...
We would sell it cheap..
First, iIt's "...your answer.." not "...you're answer...".
Second, it's Bush's fault.
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