In the EU, you may not say water fights dehydration

Posted by: Phineas on December 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Caution. May not cure thirst.

Yes, you read that right:

Drinking water does not ease dehydration, the European Union has ruled – and anyone who disagrees faces two years in prison.

The decision – after three years of discussions – results from an attempt by two German academics to test EU advertising rules which set down when companies can claim their products reduce the risk of disease.

The academics asked for a ruling on a convoluted statement which, in short, claimed that water could reduce dehydration.

Dehydration is defined as a shortage of water in the body – but the European Food Standards Authority decided the statement could not be allowed.

The ruling, announced after a conference of 21 EU-appointed scientists in Parma and which means that bottled water companies cannot claim their product stops people’s bodies drying out, was given final approval this week by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Yesterday, Tory MEP Roger Helmer said: ‘This is stupidity writ large. The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are worrying about the obvious qualities of water. If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project, then this is it.’

As the trapped-within-the-EU friend who alerted me to this pointed out:

Just wait, in four or five years you have the same stupidity.

Hey, with our EPA and Obamacare now being implemented… less than a year, tops. Obama’s that good. smiley d'oh!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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11 Responses to “In the EU, you may not say water fights dehydration”


  1. Lisa (@prudishbunion) says:

    That helps explain the thinking that leads to this situation:

  2. Just another day in paradise for us in the EU.

  3. Carlos says:

    I was just thinking, what’s so different about that from what regularly issues from the EPA, FDA, USDA, FBI, DoJ, or any other number of alphabet agencies here in the states?

    Matter of fact, what’s so different about that from anything Nazi Pelousy has said in the past fifteen years? Or from Dingy Harry’s daily pronouncements about why the Repubs are evil for not “compromising” by agreeing to everything the jackasses want and wanting the spending to slow down?

  4. CynicalOptimist says:

    The next ruling will be that everybody’s got to drink Brawndo because it’s got electrolytes.

  5. The wise words spoken in jest nowhere near compare with the foolish words spoken in earnest.

  6. Carlos says:

    Note to the commissars of the EU: Whoever heard of WATER being used to hydrate a body? Why, that’s ridiculous on the face of it!

    Unfortunately, Moochelle Thunderthighs has probably read about this in her daily briefing of government edicts from elsewhere, and is even now planning on how to screw water purveyors here, especially those evil megacorps like Coke and Pepsi!

  7. Bill says:

    Stupid people do stupid things.

  8. Jim McDonald says:

    Well, these are the same people that love obama…

  9. Carlos says:

    Just as in the fantasy world of Democrat politics or of Uncle Joe’s old “Five Year Plans” world, these yoyo’s think they can control the real world by edict.

    Sorry. It doesn’t work for Zero, Dingy, Nazi, the LSM or Sergeant Shultz, it didn’t work for Stalin and it sure as heck won’t work for socialist Europe, either.

  10. Doc Hughes says:

    Sounds like the Nazis are rising again!:d

  11. Carlos says:

    Probably, Doc, but I doubt seriously any of our “leaders” would have the stomach to fight that fight again; I know 52% of the voters in the last election would scream to high heaven if their welfare benies were cut back to fight that (or any) war, and for as much as the Repub “leadership” talks and swears by “Our Country,” they would just as soon sell it down the river as fast as the jackasses if it meant they could seize or keep power.