Pure water is legal to buy in Canada, but it is still considered an exotic and expensive drink, says the Canadian Beverage Association.
And there are no rules in place that govern how it should be enjoyed, says Brett Beerman, executive director of the Beverage Council of Canada.
The industry says it can’t say how much water it can buy, because that would give consumers too much information.
But the association says there are plenty of laws in place to regulate drinking water.
The Beverage Regulations for Canadian Distillers (BAC), for example, says pure water can be sold in stores, at restaurants, on the internet, at gas stations, at the supermarket and in convenience stores.
It also outlines requirements for water and the amount of water it must contain.
It’s the same for all drinks that use mineral water, like the cola or coffee.
In other words, it is a matter of individual discretion.
There are no requirements for how much mineral water to drink or how much sugar it should contain, says Beerman.
The BAC also requires that a drink must be at least four per cent mineral water.
But it’s difficult to determine how much of each ingredient is mineral water or sugar.
The government says there’s no rule governing how much is in a drink, but that some of it is added to the product as a by-product.
The same is true for water used for making tea.
The Canadian Beverages Association says that is a non-disclosure agreement, which means it can be used to restrict the amount that a consumer can know.
But there are laws against misleading the public about the amount a drink contains.
For example, in the federal Food and Drugs Act, a person who sells or distributes a beverage must inform consumers about the presence of any of the following substances: sodium chloride (salt) , sodium carbonate (sugar), phosphoric acid (water) , carbon dioxide (air) and/or carbon monoxide (carbon dioxide).
You can also find out how much calcium, magnesium and magnesium sulphate a drink is made from by comparing the label of a bottle of a product that contains the same ingredients to the list of ingredients in the product that the consumer purchased.
The Food and Drug Administration says that, while the information it collects can help consumers, it’s not required.
In an emailed statement, the agency said it has no data on the impact of such disclosures.
If consumers can find out the amount in the drink they’re drinking, it helps reduce their desire to consume it, says Mark McBride, chief executive officer of the Canadian Association of Beverage Producers.
That’s because it tells them that the beverage is pure and they don’t need to pay extra for it, he says.
But McBride also says that consumers have a right to know.
“That’s not just an issue for people who have never drank distilled water, but also for those who have been drinking it for a long time,” he says, “especially if they are using the product responsibly.”
Pure water has also been used for medicinal purposes.
Some medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, can cause inflammation in the body, leading to diarrhea and vomiting.
Some drinks, like water that is added for flavor, can also be used for pain relief.
So far, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has only found trace amounts of trace minerals in some products that are marketed to the public.
It does not recommend they be consumed, says John McLeod, a spokesman for the agency.
The regulator said it’s still investigating whether any of these drinks contain substances other than minerals.
The federal government has also allowed the use of distilled water for medicinal and non-medical purposes, but only for products made from minerals.
But that’s a step back from what’s already allowed.
For instance, the Federal Regulations for Health Products (FRHP) say that if a beverage is made with minerals, it must include a statement that the mineral is used to produce a health benefit.
The rule doesn’t define what that means, but a consumer could find out if a drink was made with natural mineral waters, for example.
If it is, the drink can still be labelled as containing natural mineral water but must include the statement that it contains minerals.
If the statement doesn’t appear on the bottle, it will be listed as mineral water with a warning that “mixed minerals may be present.”
But the government says it doesn’t recommend consumers use distilled water in medical treatments because it’s unregulated and it’s unknown how much minerals are in it.
If a health product doesn’t contain any of those substances, you don’t know how much it contains, says McBride.
That means it’s possible to use the same product for both medicinal and recreational purposes.
“It’s a very, very small percentage,” he adds.
“You don’t have to buy it for recreational