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  1. #1 EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration 
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    What the....?

    EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration - Telegraph.

    Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.
    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.
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    Prof Hahn, from the Institute for Food Science and Human Nutrition at Hanover Leibniz University, said the European Commission had made another mistake with its latest ruling.

    “What is our reaction to the outcome? Let us put it this way: We are neither surprised nor delighted.


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    Thanks. This is very typical of EU bureaucrats. Is there any question regarding the fate of the union with such clowns?


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    Was something lost in translation? Was the claim that drinking "one" bottle of water would prevent dehydration "indefinitely"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sealeaf View Post
    Was something lost in translation? Was the claim that drinking "one" bottle of water would prevent dehydration "indefinitely"?
    It looks like some parsing of words is involved.
    Bottled water can keep you cool say scientists who turned down dehydration claims - Telegraph

    This is nonsensical as EFSA never denied that water hydrates and even confirmed it.


    The article also gets some things very wrong. The EFSA ruling which confirms the advertisement health claim of water being important for body temperature regulation, cognitive abilities and simply not dying of thirst, is OLDER than the one that was put down over a (deliberate?) mistake by the applicants who tried to claim that drinking water can reduce the risk of developing a body malfunction called "dehydration", which is simply not correct. Ask any medical specialist if you don't believe it.
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    That this matter warranted such attention ata ll shows excessive and costly bureaucracy - that is generated such a silly conclusion shows it's idiocy.
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    Why matters like this warrant attention is because manufacturers want to make many, many claims for their products and these claims should be reviewed. It helps the public interest when manufacturers are prevented from making misleading claims.

    In this case, it is doubtful that much time was wasted. The people that made the ruling seem to have delivered it after something like three years, which means that it was likely given a very, very low priority.
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