Table water is an "artificially" produced soft drink. As a rule, table water consists of drinking water that has been enriched with other ingredients.
It is not natural mineral water and may contain different types of water. Table water can be mixed and bottled anywhere, although quality hygiene requirements must be met, but no official approval is required. It is forbidden to label it as natural water and it is not permissible to indicate a source of origin or a well. It is therefore a drink that contains drinking water, but does not meet the requirements for natural mineral water.
For industrially produced table water, the locally available water is often largely deprived of all its ingredients ( demineralization ); then a defined amount of minerals is added again so that the taste does not depend on the bottling location. These substances may be added in accordance with the additive approval regulation and within the framework of food law. So z. B. carbon dioxide , table salt and other mineral salts are added, whereby the requirements of the ordinance on natural mineral water, spring water and table water must always be observed. The table waters produced in this way are the basis of most soft drinks containing caffeine.
- Ordinance on natural mineral water, spring water and table water accessed on October 14, 2018