The Honorable Attorney General Jerry Brown
1300 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Attorney General Jerry Brown:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that all bottled drinking water be labeled for magnesium content, to encourage consumers to consume more magnesium, which may save about 20 Million lives per annum globally, and about 100,000 lives per annum in California, by preventing strokes and heart diseases. The FDA has ignored the WHO's recommendation, because the FDA destroyed the American mineral water industry in 1933, and is loath to admit that great mistake.
Dr. Chang Lee, Scientist, at the Drinking Water Branch of the California Department of Health, has written regarding this WHO recommendation:
I understand your concerns. But, as you are aware, the federal Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) has a provision that preempts any state law or requirements, including those of California, with regard to the nutrition information on labels of packaged foods including bottled water. I believe FDA is the only agency that has the authority to appropriately evaluate your request for imposing such requirement (i.e., disclosure of magnesium content in the nutrition panels of bottled water labels) .
I request that you issue an Opinion of where Dr. Lee's duty lies in regard to NLEA; specifically:
I request that you issue an Opinion on these questions, to serve and protect the people of the State of California.
Paul Mason, Pres.
Healthy Water Association
This page was first uploaded to The Magnesium Web Site on January 13, 2007