Does Bottled Water Expire?

July 26, 2018

© Laurin Rinder | Dreamstime

It covers 71% of the Earth's surface, transparent, tasteless, odorless and it vital for all known forms of life. It's water and in one form or another, it has been around from the beginning of time.  So why then do water bottles contain an expiration date?  Does water expire?  The answer is no, yet every bottle of water has one.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never established or suggested a limitation on the shelf life of bottled water as long as it's produced in accordance with regulations and the bottle remains properly sealed. We can thank New Jersey for bottled water containing an expiration date.  In 1987, that state required all food products sold there to display an expiration date of two years or less from the date of manufacture. But it would be a logistical nightmare to separate foods meant for New Jersey only, so bottled water producers simply started giving every bottle a two-year expiration date, no matter where it was going. New Jersey has since amended it's food labeling law so that water no longer is required to contain an expiration date but the expiration date has been an industry norm for so long that many producers have just kept it on there. While "expired" unopened bottled water isn't going to do you any harm, over time, water can absorb tastes and smells through the slightly porous plastic containers in which it resides, so it can pick up smells and other unwelcome additives from the outside world. However the odds of an older than two year bottle of water harming you are virtually nonexistent.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

See and hear more from the 98.5 KTK Morning Show

98.5 KTK Morning Show Podcast