SAFETY & HANDLING
There’s no doubt that we have a lot of fun here in Florida (how could we not?). But sometimes you have to put the splashing and sandcastles away to get serious about safety and handling. Read all about that in the text below.
CAP SAFETY INFORMATION
Over the course of the last several years, we have been reducing the plastic in our bottles and caps, making our packaging lighter
and more environmentally friendly. The cap on our 12 ounce, 16 ounce, 20 ounce, 700mL, .5 Liter, 1 Liter, and 1.5 Liter products has
the least amount of plastic, with the cap for these size products smaller than other caps. In light of that, we have applied the following
label statement: • WARNING: Cap is a small part and poses a CHOKING HAZARD, particularly for children.
Consumers should be advised that small parts, including our caps, should not be put in the mouth. Additionally, caps should always be replaced securely on bottles when not in use or discarded promptly.
Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water provides consumers of all ages with a variety of healthful, on-the-go beverage options to enjoy any time of day. The safety and quality of our bottled water products are our top priorities. We regularly conduct tests on all of our bottles and our waters for safety, quality and performance.
WATER SOURCE IDENTIFICATION
Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water identifies water sources on its bottle labels and/or online.
Since 2005, we have made quality reports publicly available for all of our brands which are based on independent testing results from certified laboratories.
Easy Consumer Access to Information: Consumer questions and comments can be directed to our toll-free number, which is listed on the label of each bottle.
STORAGE AND HANDLING
To maintain the high quality of our bottled water products, we recommend people store all of our products in a cool, clean, or shaded location, as they would any other packaged food product.
FOOD PACKAGING SAFETY & REGULATION
We use packaging that fits into today’s hustle and bustle, has a minimal environmental impact, and is considered safe by regulatory and public health agencies. We evaluate new packaging materials and make changes to our products when we see a clear environmental, health and/or economic benefit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for overseeing the safety of bottled water, which, like other food products such as infant formula and seafood, must be processed, packaged, shipped and stored in a safe and sanitary manner, and be truthfully and accurately labeled. Bottled water is one of the most regulated food products, with FDA protocols specific to bottled water processing and labeling.
Chemicals from plastic packaging can migrate over time, but the FDA sets conservative limits for the amounts it considers safe for human consumption. Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water and our suppliers comply with the FDA’s packaging and health-based regulations.
All of our “single-serve” bottles from 8 ounces to 3 liter that are made from non-recycled PET #1 plastic, as well as our 1 gallon and 2.5 gallon bottles made from non-recycled HDPE #2 plastic, are completely BPA-free. The FDA classifies PET as safe for packaging and has authorized its use for decades.
All of our 5-gallon bottles are now made of PET #1 plastic, which is BPA-free. Our 3-gallon bottles are currently made from polycarbonate #7 plastic, a strong, clear and reusable type of plastic. In tests, water packaged in our polycarbonate bottles has been found to contain trace levels (less than 1 part per billion) of BPA. Based on consumer preference, we are planning to transition our 3-gallon bottles to BPA-free plastic bottles in the future — which could be coming to a store near you. Learn more about BPA here.
RECYCLING AND REUSE OF BOTTLES
Our single-serve bottles are produced to be lightweight, and we recommend that they be recycled, not reused. This is because washing them with certain types of detergents can result in degradation of the polymer, and should be avoided. All our bottles are recyclable!
Our 3- and 5-gallon home and office delivery containers can be returned to the factory for washing and refilling.
By recycling, you help keep materials out of landfills. (Pretty cool, huh?) So go ahead and toss your bottle in those big blue bins, knowing you’re doing Florida (and the planet) a favor.