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Grocery Manufacturers of America filed suit to block a new Maine law requiring that labels of bottled water “identify the name and geographic location of the water body, well, or public water supply from which the water was obtained.” The requirement that a label indicate if water came from a public supply could undermine efforts by a manufacturer to portray its products as significantly different from tap water.

FDA allows purified water to be labeled as purified, even if it comes from a municipal water system. GMA said it was interested only in ensuring that bottled water labels are uniform and that manufacturers do not have to apply different labels to meet different state requirements.

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