DEFINIÇÕES E LEGISLAÇÕES DE ÁGUA MINERAL
According to Resolution RDC No. 274 of September 22, 2005 of the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency, the definition of mineral water is: water obtained directly from natural sources or by extraction of groundwater. It is characterized by the definite and constant content of certain mineral salts, trace elements and other constituents considering the natural fluctuations.
The trace elements are chemical particles - metals or metalloids - whose clusters are needed in small quantities in the body of an organism (usually 100 parts per million). Also called micronutrients or compounds. Trace elements exist in all waters - potable, mineral and marine. Rainwater, when crossing the atmosphere, is carried, albeit sparingly, of trace elements in its performance from the clouds to the ground. Main trace elements in mineral waters: bismuth, boron, bromine, cadmium, cobalt, copper, tin, strontium, gallium, germanium, iodine, lithium, manganese, selenium, titanium, tungsten, vanadium and zinc. The mineral water bioleve is considered an oligomineral water, because it contains several types of salts, all in low concentration.
The mineral salts are elements that perform several essential functions in the organism, as well as ions dissolved in organic liquids as constituents of essential compounds.
According to Ordinance No. 374, dated October 8, 2009 of the National Department of Mineral Production DNPM, abstraction is a superficial or subterranean point of taking mineral, thermal, gas, drinking table water or intended for bathing purposes of an aquifer, involving the set of installations, constructions and operations necessary for the economic use of said waters. The abstraction should be constructed in such a way as to preserve the natural (chemical and physico-chemical) and microbiological (hygienic-sanitary) properties of the water to be collected and prevent its contamination.
NSF - National Sanitation Foundation of the United States of America is the World Leading Organization for Food Safety and Public Health Protection. NSF International is one of the most respected US institutions. It is a non-profit institution founded in 1944. It is the quality certification, according to the requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration and the WHO - World Health Organization. Specialized in the development of quality standards, tests and certification in the areas of public health, food safety and protection of the environment. NSF certification programs are accepted and often required by public health entities around the world. More than a recognition of the bioleve, the certification places the city of Lindóia, the State of São Paulo and Brazil among the renowned groups with the NSF label.
To get NSF certification, the company goes through a rigorous process. Our certification took place in two main stages: • First, our mineral water was analyzed in the United States. There were 180 parameters of physical, chemical and microbiological analysis. This analysis proved the quality of water to be international. • In a second step, NSF technicians performed an on-site inspection, checking our facilities and packaging processes, proving that we have adopted standards and quality controls approved by international markets. These two steps are repeated annually, so we can keep the NSF seal.
The Certification Program requires bioleve to comply with and maintain the stringent international standards imposed by the NSF. Mineral water bioleve will continue to be periodically tested and inspected by NSF along with the plant and the packaging process. These practices are contained in bioleve , following the quality programs with daily analyzes in our laboratory and weekly analyzes at the Adolfo Lutz Institute of samples collected directly from the distributors. The certification came to meet our mission regarding quality, always seeking to exceed the expectations of our consumers.
No. The legislation that regulates public water supply (faucet) is CONSOLIDATION PORTFOLIO No. 5, OF SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Consolidation of the regulations on health actions and services of the Unified Health System.
PET - Polyethylene Terephthalate is a resin approved for use in various foods and even mineral water. In bioleve, the process used for the manufacture of bottles with the PET resin is given by its bio-orientation. PET bottles are stored on pallets protected by plastic (strech) until they are used in the container or are transported directly to the container.
Evaporation residue is the residue that remains after the total evaporation of water (H2O) and is related to the mineral content. When this item shows less than 50mg / l the water can be considered as very little mineralized; if it shows more than 1500mg / l it can be seen as excessively rich in minerals and not recommended for daily consumption. Mineral water bioleve has a small amount of mineral salts in its composition and its evaporation residue is 112.70 mg / l and is recommended for daily use without contraindications.
Hardness is defined as the difficulty of a water in dissolving soap by the effect of calcium, magnesium, Fe, Mn, Cu, Ba, and others.
Radioactivity is the presence of the chemical element radon in the water. It is only detected when it arises, that is, at the source, conferring the water therapeutic characteristics by classifying it according to the specific legislation. The bottled water does not have the radioactivity found at the time of its capture.
INFORMAÇÕES PRESENTES NO RÓTULO
The physical-chemical analyzes say that the mineral water bioleve has a good balance of salts and is therefore classified as light. Its pH around 7.0, further favors the lightness and softness of the water. Physical-chemical analyzes are used to classify water. bioleve is classified as "fluoridated mineral water".
pH means hydrogen potential. It is the concentration of hydrogen ions (H +) in the water. PH is used to check how acidic or basic (also called alkaline) is a solution, and varies on a scale from 0 to 14. The pH of mineral waters can vary greatly depending on whether or not they pass through rocks of different compositions during their filtration and formation. Values ​​below 7 and close to 0 indicate an increase in acidity, while values ​​above 7 and close to 14 indicate an increase in basicity (or alkalinity). Natural mineral water bioleve has pH around 7.0 (neutral), therefore it is considered as a neutral water, which contributes greatly to its taste, lightness and softness. NOTE: Alkalinity represents the ability of an aqueous system to neutralize added acids.
There are no restrictions with regard to its potability, but medical evaluation is advised the higher the level of acidity or alkalinity.
No. The pH can not be an indicator of potability because it varies greatly according to the passage of water by rocks of different compositions, that is, calcium, magnesian, bicornornated rocks and others, being frequent to find mineral waters with different pH values
Electrical conductivity is the ability of a water to conduct electric current and is related to the presence of ions in the water. Ions are electrically charged particles, so the higher the amount of ions, the higher the conductivity. The electrical conductivity is proportional to the content of salts dissolved in the water, which can be estimated by the conductivity. Electrical Conductivity may vary according to the temperature and the total concentration of dissolved ionized substances and is expressed in MHOS / cm or μS / cm.
It is the temperature of the water at the source. Groundwater has a small thermal amplitude, that is, its temperature is not influenced by changes in atmospheric temperature. The water of bioleve has a temperature around 22.0 ° C at the source.
The color of a water is consequent of dissolved substances, when pure and in large volumes it is bluish. Mineral water may have a maximum color of 5 u.H (unit Hazen scale).
Turbidity is the measure of the difficulty of a beam of light crossing a certain amount of water. It is caused by suspended solids such as clay and organic material. The turbidity of the mineral water is at most 5.0 u.T. (Jackson or nefoliometric turbidity unit).
There is no water equal to another because its content of minerals originates in function of the types of rocks through which they are filtered. They also influence the composition, radioactivity and temperature of each source.
The mineral water bioleve is classified as light due to its neutral pH, its low evaporation residue and the presence of trace minerals, that is, several types of minerals present in small quantities.
The mineral contents in a water are constant. What can occur are small variations between the values ​​measured by some tests, than those that are declared on the label, due to the diversity of the devices and marks for checking the chemical composition. What is often observed is that the values ​​of the tests and the label are very close.
ÁGUA MINERAL E SAÚDE
The fluoride present in the natural mineral water bioleve is not added, it is natural. The concentration of fluoride, which is in the water, in the form of fluorides, is considered well below the recommended limits and can be consumed without restrictions.
Yes. Fluoride is necessary for prevention against cavities when used in oral hygiene. However, for ingestion, current legislation recommends not to exceed 1.0 mg / l, as the excess may cause dental fluorosis, which is observed by the appearance of white spots on teeth, especially in children 0 to 7 years of age. The concentration of fluoride in the bioleve mineral water is found in the form of fluoride and its concentration is well below the maximum permissible concentrations.
Treated water may contain natural fluorides from the source source, or by artificial addition at controlled concentrations. Usually, the public water supply receives the artificial fluoridation.
Current legislation recommends that the following definitions be placed on the label according to fluoride concentrations: • "Contains fluoride" when the product contains more than 1 mg / L of fluoride; • "The product is not suitable for infants or children up to seven years of age" when the product contains more than 2 mg / L of fluoride; • "Fluoride above 2 mg / L for daily consumption is not recommended" when the product contains more than 2 mg / L of fluoride.
The classification is "natural fluoridated mineral water" being a light water, pH around 7.0 (neutral), and does not attack the digestive system. The bioleve mineral water brings important benefits: • It is a natural hydroelectrolytic repository and unlike artificial repositories, natural is also indicated for consumers of sedentary life; • The presence of calcium, aids in the health of the cardiovascular system and acts as a natural tranquilizer. Calcium also promotes better health to the teeth and bones; • Collaborates to avoid cramps, carries nutrients to produce cellular energy and removes toxins from them; • Helps in the corporal control of the temperature and the replacement of the water of the cells; • The presence of magnesium helps fight tension and depression; is indispensable in the conversion of blood sugar into energy; prevents the formation of deposits of calcium and kidney stones and helps in the healthy functioning of nerves and muscles.
No. The water bioleve is a water characterized as light due to the presence of mineral and trace minerals in low concentrations and the pH is neutral, around 7.0, being a recommended water from childhood to old people without restrictions.
There is no contraindication to the consumption of bioleve water due to the low concentration of salts.
QUALIDADE E CUIDADOS COM O PRODUTO ÁGUA MINERAL
No, mineral water is a natural product totally free of preservatives and / or additives, which differs from other beverages on the market, such as soft drinks. The water supply (faucet) undergoes treatments and addition of chemicals for its disinfection.
To verify the authenticity of our water in 10 and 20 liter bottles, the following parameters must be observed: • Presence of intact sealing, without violation with the logo of the printed bioleve, besides the instructions of use of the bottle; • The closure cap of the carton has two differentials: the presence of a white seal material, which can be visualized even with the sealed bottle and the name "bioleve" printed in relief on the top of the lid; • The product label, in addition to the necessary information, has a "bottle cleaning guidance" panel. These are the main characteristics that differentiate and value the bioleve 10 and 20 liter bottles.
In the first place, we emphasize that mineral water is not yet a commodity, but rather a product with its own unique characteristics, differentiated from each other by its characteristics and physicochemical composition. It is a product that presents aggregated values ​​not always perceived by the consumer, but that act gradually in the improvement of the quality of life. It is a natural product and as such is not treated or added chemicals. Good Manufacturing Practices, Quality Programs, Stainless Steel Machinery and Pipes and permanent training of personnel are characteristics of a company that is concerned with consumer health. The level of automation, the quality of the facilities, the care in the process, the laboratory analyzes, the packaging and the freight are factors that influence in the price of the product.
Our sector is being attacked by third parties, who try to mischaracterize the importance of natural mineral water. Primarily in 10- and 20-liter bottles, they try to confuse their weight with the quality they claim to have "purifiers", which transform public water supply regardless of origin and quality into something "wonderful." Care must be taken when choosing which water to consume.
Most of the brands on the market are artificially gassed in an industrial process similar to that of soft drinks: oxygen is withdrawn from the liquid and carbon dioxide is injected instead.
ALTERAÇÕES MAIS FREQUENTES
The water turns green due to the development of algae. The problem of green algae is so common and constant that PROCON itself on its website explains: "Mineral water can not be exposed to direct sunlight or light source." Exposure of the product to these conditions can lead to the proliferation of algae by changing the color of water that turns yellow or green. These same conditions must be observed by the consumer in the storage of the product in his residence, since the algae can develop in sealed and partially consumed bottles. Algae are organisms of the plant kingdom, naturally present in the microbiota of natural mineral waters. They are microscopic, but like any photosynthetic organism, it uses sunlight to produce organic nutrients and reproduce. By photosynthesis, through sunlight, they produce chlorophyll, which is responsible for changing the color of water. These algae are not pathogenic, do not cause disturbances in the human body, but their appearance alters the visual and organoleptic characteristics of water. When algae develops in bottled mineral waters, these organisms can be fixed to the wall of the bottles or conduits of the drinking fountains and release into the water various organic compounds and pigments, with an unpleasant odor and taste, as well as causing changes in the physicochemical characteristics of the water and even clogging of filters with silt formation and flakes.
The main factors are: • Minerals: The presence of salts and some organic and inorganic compounds present in certain natural water sources may have a considerable influence on the growth of algae and other microorganisms that are part of the natural non-pathogenic microbiota of mineral waters. • Light: It is an important environmental determinant, because algae are photosynthetic organisms capable of producing organic material from the exposure of the bottle to direct or indirect sunlight. Some algae and bacteria, can grow in the presence of small intensity of light. • Nutrients from cleaning and disinfection products: Residues of nutrients present in plastic hoses, connections and other components of the drinker from disinfection processes. • Nutrients from transporting, storing and handling the bottles: Incorrect handling, transport and storage of the bottles can introduce nutrients that are favorable for algal blooms. • Biofilm Formation: Bacterial and algae microbiota may form colonization biofilms on the internal surfaces of the conduit conduits or their tap water, and the periodic hygienization of these drinking fountains is recommended.
The care is: • Never expose the camera to the sun or excessive light; • Store bottles in suitable locations, never placed directly on the floor and close to products that may smell, altering the characteristics of the water; • Wash hands thoroughly before handling the bottle; • Before opening, completely remove the sealing wax and wash it with neutral detergent, taking care to completely remove its residual and / or to wash a paper towel with some unscented alcohol, allowing it to evaporate completely and rinse with mineral water; • Completely remove the cap before turning the bottle into the drinking fountain. Sanitize the water cooler and all components that come in contact with the water, such as taps, hoses, connections and sealing rubbers with each change of bottle; • Carefully follow the instructions on the carton label.
When purchasing this product the consumer should pay attention to the storage conditions of the product, which should never be near cleaning products, fragrances, or others that may transfer the smell or contaminate it. Check that the product is intact and that there is no dirt or color change. The product must not be exposed to direct sunlight or light source. Exposure of the product under such conditions can lead to the proliferation of algae by changing the color of the water that becomes yellowish or greenish. These same conditions must be observed by the consumer in the storage of the product in his residence. Changes may occur in our products if they are exposed to a number of factors that may interfere with their final quality from the time they leave the factory to reach consumers. We are always directing our distributors to take care of transportation, incorrect storage at the point of sale and inadequate product exposure are the most frequent causes of problems in food products, which unfortunately not always the company can control. In the case of returnable bottles, improper use of containers to hold substances other than mineral water, their exposure to odor-producing products, and even the drinker or pumps that pick up the water from the bottles, may alter their odor and / or taste. In water tanks contaminated by algae that may come from the environment itself, there are numerous substances that algae are capable of producing, which can lead to water with taste or odor of fish, solvent, fuels and even medicine. The algae need time to produce these substances at levels that can be felt and that is why often at the beginning of the consumption of the bottle does not feel anything and after some time has changes in odor and / or taste. For this reason, it is very important to properly clean the water fountain, including taking out the tap and the sealing rubber for hygiene
No. The use of mineral water containers for the packaging of other products is totally inadvisable. The bottles are for use only for mineral water, so do not place any foreign substance and any type of chemical.
The most common factors that lead to altered taste and odor in mineral water are: • Taste of Coconut Water: We emphasize that in tests carried out in our laboratory, the results showed that in the hygienization of the bottle, when alcohol is passed on its surface and placed before the alcohol is fully dried in the drinking fountain, a sub product , which is not harmful to health, but can cause changes in taste and / or odor in water resembling coconut water. • Plastic Taste: According to ordinance no. 26/1996 of the Ministry of Health, a total migration limit of 50ppm is determined between material for the manufacture of the bottle and the bottled water. Basically there are 04 types of plastic resins used to manufacture mineral water containers in the national market, which are polycarbonate (PC), polypropylene (PP), vinyl compounds (V) which include PVC and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) . As for the same type of resin, the composition varies from one manufacturer to another, greater migration may occur depending on the brand and resin, and may even change the taste of the water. This can occur exceptionally because all are tested before use in the package. • Varied taste and odors: Mineral water in the presence of light can develop unicellular algae. The greater the clarity and changes in ambient temperature, the greater the likelihood of development, causing changes in taste, odor and color. Ideally, exposure to light and direct or indirect sunlight should be avoided as much as possible. The presence of mineral salts and even organic compounds present in mineral water sources, associated with heat and when the sample is open, to ambient air are sufficient factors for algae to proliferate in quantity and alter the organoleptic characteristics of the mineral water. • Detergents: Disposal of disposable and returnable containers in close proximity to chemicals (including cleaning products) or even the sanitization of the storage location of mineral water with these products can lead to the migration of odor and / or flavor into the water. The alteration occurs through the vaporization of such substances, which are dispersed in the atmosphere and come into contact with the outer surface of the package.
Even plastic bottles, accidental drops or very strong impacts can affect the product and even burst it. In addition the plastic cover is in danger of being damaged, which can cause gas loss in carbonated products and probable changes in the taste and appearance of the product.
They can not be frozen because the packs can break with the expansion of the liquid in the freezing, causing leakage, loss of the gas content or changes in the taste and the appearance of the liquid to be thawed.
CUIDADOS COM O PRODUTO E CUIDADOS NOS PONTOS DE VENDA
For proper storage of the bottles it is important to take the following precautions: • Carboys should be stored in a clean, cool, dry environment away from chemicals in general; • Never store them directly on the floor; • Do not expose the car to excessive sunlight and heat, such as in laundries, alongside hot engines, kitchen windows and others; • It is important that the bottles do not remain in places near the stove (due to excessive frying and fat), within reach of children (because they can introduce objects and products inside), animals or exposed to rain, dust, insects and others; • The carafe must be consumed after being opened in a maximum of 15 days and if necessary, the carafe of 20 must be exchanged for the 10 liters; • The bottles are for use only for mineral water, therefore no foreign substances and no chemical substances should be placed inside the empty bottles.
It is recommended to sanitize the drinkers as follows: • Unrefrigerated Drinking Tanks: Every bottle should be discarded in the tank (inside the drinking fountain), wash the tank internally with neutral detergent (unscented), rinse well and pour boiling water, letting it drain from the tap. The taps and sealing rubbers must be removed / disassembled every fortnight or every bottle change, put them in a container containing the following solution: 1 tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate (sold in supermarket) for each liter of water for 20 minutes. Repeat this procedure also for the water tank. Then rinse thoroughly with clean water (preferably mineral water) to remove any residue from the sodium bicarbonate solution. Set up the drinking fountain and after rinsing with mineral water, rinse again with boiling water, letting all the water flow through the faucet. Immediately place the carafe for consumption. • Cooled Drinking Fountains: Every time you change your tank, you must discard the water that has remained in the tank (inside the drinking fountain), wash the tank internally with neutral detergent (no odor), rinse well and pour boiling water. Allow to drain boiling water from the taps as they are not disassembled. Every fortnight or every bottle change, a hygiene should be carried out in the drinking fountain with a solution of bicarbonate. To prepare this solution, fill an empty bottle - half with clean water and mix 5 tablespoons of baking soda (sold in supermarkets). Place the carafe in the water fountain and let this solution drain half on each faucet. Rinse thoroughly with clean water or the own drinking bottle. Immediately place the carafe for consumption.
Before placing the bottles for consumption, proceed as follows: • Wash your hands well before handling the carton; • Before opening, completely remove the sealing wax; • It is recommended to wash it thoroughly with neutral detergent and rinse well, and / or to pass a paper towel with a little alcohol (without perfume), letting it evaporate and rinsing with mineral water; • The lid must be completely removed before turning the bottle into the drinking fountain, since the presence of it may form a collection of microorganisms and waste, which could pass into the water where they can proliferate due to the absence of chemicals that inhibit their growth .
The care at the point of sale is as important as that of the bottled water: • External areas must be paved and free of debris; • Ceiling must be free from leaks and leaks; • The floor must be at a high level in relation to the street to allow water to flow; • Wall, floor and ceiling must be dry, without infiltration, moisture and mold and should be washable; • Wash the tank at least once a week and do not use strong-smelling cleaners; • Sinks and toilets should be separated from storage areas; • Storage location must be cool, ventilated and away from excessive sunlight. Never expose to sun, heat, light and other inclement weather such as wind, rain, dust and etc .; • The grass, if any, should be trimmed in order not to be a source of pest proliferation; • There must be own and isolated or demarcated area for returned products; • Internal drains should be avoided. If necessary, they should be siphoned and capped to avoid bad odors and the entry of pests and contamination with micro-organisms and fungi; • Storage areas should be kept free from debris and dirt; • The expiration date established by the packer and the labels must be strictly adhered to and products in disagreement with it should not be marketed; • Instructions for stacking must also be observed. Carboys should be stocked at a height of 25 cm from the ground and spaced 45 cm from the wall and 60 cm from the ceiling, respecting the maximum stacking of 4 units, interspersed with plates. Never place the product directly on the floor, use pallets; • First product to enter the warehouse must be the first to leave. This is an international standard known as PEPS (First in / first out).
The vehicle intended for the transport of packaging shall be inspected prior to loading and shall only be used if it meets the following conditions: • Present CLEAN LOAD COMPARTMENT, WITHOUT ODORS OR TIPS. As for example nails, splinters and others; • Do not present MINOR EVIDENCE OF PRESENCE OF INSECTS, RODENTS, BIRDS, MOISTURE, STRANGE MATERIALS AND ODORES INTENSOS (chemical products, soy, meat, etc.) and present good hygienic conditions; • Have WATERPROOF LINES AND FENCES, free of holes and tears, and must be clean, dry and free of odors or debris that could contaminate or contaminate the packaging. The use of the tarpaulin is mandatory, even if the route is short; • MAXIMUM STOPPING of the product must be respected, so as not to damage the packaging; • WIGLING AND MOORING must be firm, using angle brackets to prevent damage from the rope. The tarpaulins should be arranged well stretched to avoid accumulation of water on the surface; • Trucks must be EXCLUSIVE FOR WATER and it is not recommended to carry other products along with mineral water; • MATERIALS should always be dry and clean; must be plastified or varnished (NAVAL varnish); • EMPTY BOTTLES should travel lying down to prevent dirt on the neck and foreign body inside (pieces of wood, sheets, etc.); • Trucks must comply with Food Transportation Regulations - CVS Ordinance No. 15 - State Decree No. 12,342.
The dispenser is an integral part of the quality process of the bottled containers, not only upon receipt of the final product, but also on the quality of the bottles sent to the packaging source. When we receive dirty bottles with waste lids, seals and labels, we delay the process, reducing productivity, affecting the waiting time of the truck for loading and even the cost of the car. Bottles under these conditions must be manually washed before entering the process to prevent waste from entering the washer. Bioleve has the support of distributors and consumers to guarantee the quality of packaged products.