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EU Forbids Claim That Water Prevents Dehydration

From The Telegraph:

 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 nex…

  1. Percival
    Aodhan: Can we have another three-year study to investigate whether the claim that bottled water “promotes hydration” should or should not be permitted, given that promoting hydration might be naively misinterpreted by gullible consumers as meaning preventing dehydration?

    That dihydrogen monoxide is tricky stuff. · Nov 18 at 11:12pm

    My initial reaction to the findings of the panel involved what they could do with a lake, but as that suggestion could have led to dangerous and potentially lethal levels of hydration, I really shouldn’t make it until the lake in question has been properly labeled.

    We’ll need a study.

  2. Sisyphus

    Wait! Wait! Okay, there may be a problem with this finding. For only a few billion € we will arrange for a second panel to validate the findings of the first. But whatever you do, do not send FOIA requests to any of the parties involved because no one will ever enforce them.

    How about a study of the mass psychoses behind the requirement to form ever more studies of ever diminishing value until the economy collapses from the weight of the studies.

    BBC Man: “Last Tuesday, the last farmer in Britain took a position studying the merits of applying mandatory Blockist sensibilities to all nudie shots. He is thinking it should be retroactive for the sake of the children. A starving country asks: Isn’t it harvest season?”

  3. The King Prawn

     Yer link’s hosed. Ricochet isn’t everywhere, yet.

  4. Diane Ellis
    C

    This story is beyond absurd. Who are these people?

    (And KP, the link’s fixed now. Thx for pointing it out)

  5. The King Prawn
    Diane Ellis, Ed.: (And KP, the link’s fixed now. Thx for pointing it out) · Nov 18 at 5:43pm

    You’re welcome. Getting your money’s worth out of the government today…

  6. Percival

    Anyone who’s grip on reality is so tenuous as to buy into this codswallop has no business operating a motor vehicle – or sharp scissors, for that matter.  So, if I were so unfortunate as to actually be subject to the rulings of these clowns, I’d be demanding the professors’ driving privileges be revoked before they hurt someone.

  7. The King Prawn

     My initial thought was that it’s a good thing I stick to Mt. Dew almost exclusively.

  8. Susan in Seattle

    Simply gobsmacking.

  9. kylez

    meanwhile people are dehydrating in Africa I suppose.

  10. KC Mulville
    The King Prawn You steal only from the fashionable parts of town I see. 

    Except you wouldn’t know that by the hat …

  11. wilber forge

     The term, Function Creep comes to mind. Any entity that makes and enforces rules will by its nature will grow to the absurd. If they did not, they would become irrelevant. It appears patently insane on its face even to support such a mechanism after it has resolved an issue. Not that many things change in order to submit to this.

    This model is taking hold here. How many layers of absurd can one live with ?

  12. Lamont Cranston

    Favorite quote:

    Ukip MEP Paul Nuttall said the ruling made the “bendy banana law” look “positively sane”.

    He said: “I had to read this four or five times before I believed it. It is a perfect example of what Brussels does best. Spend three years, with 20 separate pieces of correspondence before summoning 21 professors to Parma where they decide with great solemnity that drinking water cannot be sold as a way to combat dehydration.

    “Then they make this judgment law and make it clear that if anybody dares sell water claiming that it is effective against dehydration they could get into serious legal bother.”

  13. Tenther

    It does seem pretty silly. Of course putting “prevents dehydration” on a bottle of water is a bit asinine to begin with–kind of like emblazoning “prevents starvation” on every food-stuff in the supermarket.  One idiocy begets another, and no doubt there would be a gaggle of earnest regulators to prevent companies from saying you won’t starve on their food. Government bureaucrats and marketing executives richly deserve each other.

  14. The King Prawn

     Is it because it would be printed on bottled water that they are against the statement? Is this another green asininity?

  15. Starve the Beast

    Actually, I live in the only country on Earth that has abundant energy reserves, but puts nearly all of them them completely off limits for dumb political reasons.

    Compared to that, putting these labels on bottled water just doesn’t seem all that crazy.

  16. Snow Bird

    One of the pleasures of reading The Telegraph is to be reassured that some parts of the world are actually worse basket cases than we are.

  17. Tenther
    Starve the Beast: Actually, I live in the only country on Earth that has abundant energy reserves, but puts nearly all of them them completely off limits for dumb political reasons.

    Compared to that, putting these labels on bottled water just doesn’t seem all that crazy. · Nov 18 at 7:47pm

    Imagine what Barry and his pals would do if some wicked oil company put put this label on their oil barrels: “Prevents darkness, cold, starvation, and dehydration.” 

  18. KC Mulville

    Now there’s a panel of bureaucrats who feel that no matter how illogical it seems on the surface, if even one overheated citizen is prevented from the false notion that instant relief is possible, then the damage to common sense and the language will all have been worth it. 

    When the revolution comes, they’re first against the wall …

  19. Roberto
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed. But what can you do? It’s science. ·

    Indeed. As were lysenkoism, phrenology and eugenics in their day and now here we are again. I can’t help but wonder what this remorseless abuse of the scientific method will result in. It almost seems as if there was some relentless collection of madmen intent of forcing the rejection of the Enlightenment among Western civilization by constantly promoting such babble, cue climate change. 

  20. Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    KC Mulville:

    When the revolution comes, they’re first against the wall … 

    OK, KC, when you make statements like that just peeping over the bottom of your picture frame and staring out from under that hat…

    Well, it is a bit sinister :-)

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