The corporation Nestlé has come under fire once again, and this time, yes you guessed it, its about bottled water.
This has come as result of being the subject of a lawsuit that states that the mineral water which the Poland Spring brand claims on its packaging, is in fact, just groundwater.
Bangor Daily News reports that the lawsuit accuses Nestlé Waters North America Inc. of “colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers.” it continues,
“The civil suit was brought by 11 people from the Northeast who collectively spent thousands of dollars on Poland Spring brand water in recent years. It is seeking millions of dollars in damages for a nationwide class and appears to hinge on whether the sources of Poland Spring water meet the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of a spring.”
That definition, while seemingly simple from a consumer’s perspective, meticulously describes what qualifies water sources to be sold, for example, as officially “spring water,” among other common terms.
Adding to the fact that Nestlé fills its spring water bottles with basic groundwater, the court documents argue that groundwater draws from sources containing waste and garbage dump sites. Bangor Daily News continues,
“For instance, the suit claims that the company’s wells in Poland, Maine, have never been scientifically proven to be connected to a spring and draw in surface water, which cannot legally be called spring water. It further alleges that the company has put water from some of these wells through a purification process that disqualifies it as spring water under federal regulations.
“The suit makes similar claims about Poland Spring water sources in Hollis, Fryeburg, Denmark, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township and Kingfield.”
A company spokesperson from Nestlé denied the allegations and stated that:
“The claims made in the lawsuit are without merit. Poland Spring is 100 % spring water.”
The lawsuit states “To consumers, ‘spring water’ from a naturally occurring spring signifies purity and high quality and commands a premium price compared to Defendant’s non-spring drinking water products or filtered tap water,” and, “To illicitly capture that premium, Defendant, since it began selling the Poland Spring brand in 1993, has bottled common groundwater and illegally mislabeled it as ‘100% Natural Spring Water.’”
Environmentally-conscientious residents and irate bottled water consumers across the United States and elsewhere have began fighting back against Nestlé, and as the latest lawsuit suggests that “not one drop” of Poland Spring water actually comes from a spring source, it appears that people won’t be trampled on to boost this company’s profit levels for much longer.