Water Quality Report
Jovē Wellness, LLC is a leading, innovative venture between beverage and life science experts.
Our Mission & Our Vision
- Pushing Boundaries: Challenging the beliefs around water; proving and improving how truly healthy water can be.
- Passionate Progress: Sustainable and ethical business practices that exceed stakeholder expectations.
- Drinking It In: To help people experience the true benefits of real hydration; to better themselves, their families, their communities and their world.
Our Quality Assurance Measures
Routine annual audits of water suppliers and bottling facilities are performed by 3rd party auditors such as the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), and the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), as well as inspected at will by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure compliance with federal and industry standards for sanitation and process controls. The Jovē Wellness Water is produced in a manufacturing facility that is certified by the Orthodox Union (OU) production facility and has been a continuing recipient of the IBWA – Excellence in Manufacturing Award which is awarded to the top 20% of bottlers who have met or exceeded the provisions of the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices, the Principles of HACCP, and the Codex Alimentarius HACCP. Additionally, the bottling facility is certified as SQF Level 3, which is the highest level of certification attainable, and is recognized by the Global Food Safety (GFS). Its Quality Management System (QMS) is continuously evaluated and managed for potential process improvements in accordance with the requirements of SQF and ISO 9001:2000.
Our Purification and Proprietary Infusion Process
The FDA has established standards of identity for various types of bottled water, including spring water, mineral water, artesian water and purified water. Jovē Wellness Water Is produced using purified water, which FDA defines as, “Water that is produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or other suitable processes and that meets the definition of “purified water” in the U.S. Pharmacopeia, 23 rd Revision, Jan. 1, 1995”. Jovē Wellness Water is purified with a 9-step purification process using either potable municipal water or protected underground spring water sources that are inspected, tested for 50-state compliance for purified water and certified by the state of origin. The water is then infused with a patented liquid silica, an essential mineral that increases alkalinity and then charge with electrons, a primary source of energy.
- Micro Filtration – Utilized primarily to remove organic particles from water utilizing membrane filters, reducing particulates to less than 0.20 microns.
- Media Filtration – Dual-media filters remove suspended solids to as low as 20 microns in size, but no dissolved solids. Utilized primarily to remove iron and magnesium from water, the facility utilizes a two-stage media filtration assembly of manganese green sand and anthracite coal.
- Ultraviolet Light – Utilized in the production process as a means of disinfection of water. All living organisms contain deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The DNA provides the mechanism for all functions need to sustain life. The UV light penetrates the outer cell membranes of microorganisms, passes through the cell body, reaches the DNS, and permanently alters the genetic material thereby destroying the organism in a non-chemical manner.
- Activated Carbon – Activated carbon is a very mature technology that is designed to help remove taste and odor from water through adsorption of the compounds that cause problems. Activated carbon absorbs low molecular weight organics and reduces chlorine or other halogens from water but does not remove any salts.
- Reverse Osmosis – Reverse osmosis, also known as hyper filtration, is the finest filtration known. This process will allow the removal of particles as small as ions from a solution. Reverse osmosis is used to purify water and remove salts and other impurities in order to improve the color, taste, or properties of water. Reverse osmosis is used to produce water that meets the most demanding specifications that are currently in place.
- Ozonation – Ozone (O3) is one of the strongest oxidizing agents that is readily available. It is used to reduce color, eliminate organic waste, reduce odor and reduce total organic carbon in water. Oxone will oxidize all bacteria, endotoxins, mold and yeast spores, organic material and viruses.
Proprietary Infusion Process
During the production of Jovē Wellness water, the water is infused with a proprietary water gas process and proprietary mineral supplement to attain its alkalinity and hydration properties and is ozonated using a continuous ozone injection level for microbial control.
Note: For Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance, all steps of the process are continually monitored and tested on a regular basis.
Bottled Water Regulations
Bottled water, one of the most regulated food products, is subject to three levels of regulations and standards: Federal, State, and Industry.
- Federal Regulations – On a federal level, bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food product to ensure bottled water product safety from production to packaging to consumption. All bottled water products must comply with
FDA’s Quality standards listed in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) including:
• Standards of Quality
• Standards of Identity (such as labeling regulations and standardized terms)
• Good Manufacturing Practices (such as plant construction, sanitary facilities, and process controls)
• The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (such as maintaining records and registering bottling and operations/sales facilities with the FDA)
- State Standards – In addition to FDA’s extensive regulatory requirements, the bottled water industry is subject to state regulatory requirements as well. A significant responsibility of the states is inspecting, sampling, analyzing and approving sources of water. Under the federal GMPs, only approved sources of water can be used to supply a bottling plant. Although regulations vary from state to state, in general they cover the following:
• State Labeling
• Laboratory Certification
• Quality Standards
• Bottling Plant Permits
• Water Sources
• Product Labeling
Another area in which some states have important responsibilities that compliment federal regulation is the certification of testing laboratories. As with any food establishment, the states perform unannounced plant inspections, and some states perform annual inspections.
- IBWA Standards – Bottled water companies that are members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) must adhere to stringent industry standards. IBWA has established a quality assurance program, a strict set of standards called the Model Code of Practice. In some instances, the IBWA Model Code is stricter than FDA regulations. The IBWA is also active at all levels of the local, state and federal government assisting in the development of such regulations. As a member of the IBWA, or bottling facility must comply with the following standards:
• Annual, unannounced inspections by third-party auditors
• Audits of all areas of plant production
• Adherence to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Program
• Compliance audits of federal and state regulations and industry standards
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Definitions and Statements Required by California Law (Safety Code Sector 111070 et.seq.)
- “Statement of Quality – The standard (statement) of quality for bottled water is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in a container of bottled water, as established by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Public Health. The standards can be no less protective of public health than the standards for public drinking water, established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the California Department of Public Health.”
- “Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water, established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the California Department of Public Health. Primary MCLs are set as close to the Public Health Goals (PHGs) as is economically and technologically feasible.”
- “Primary Drinking Water Standard (PDWS) – MCLs for contaminants established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the California Department of Public Health that affect health along with their monitoring and reporting requirements, and water treatment requirements.”
- “Public Health Goal (PHG) – The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. PHGs are set by the California Environmental Protection Agency.”
- “Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Unites States Food and Drug Administration, Food and Cosmetic Hotline (1-888-723-3366).”
- “Some persons may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons, including, but not limited to, persons with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, persons with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly persons, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These persons should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).”
- “The sources of bottled water include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water naturally travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it can pick up naturally occurring substances as well as substances that are present due to animal and human activity.”
- “Substances that may be present in the source water include any of the following:
- Inorganic substances, including, but not limited to, salts and metals, that can be naturally occurring or result from farming, urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, or oil and gas production.
- Pesticides and herbicides that may come from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
- Organic substances that are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural application, and septic systems.
- Microbial organisms that may come from wildlife, agricultural livestock operations, sewage treatment plants, and septic systems.
- Substances with radioactive properties that can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.”
- “In order to ensure that bottled water is safe to drink, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the State Department of Public Health prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by bottled water companies.”
If you would like to know whether a particular bottled water product has been or is being recalled, please visit the FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html.