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This Citizen's Petition for a public announcement against the consumption of softened water has been submitted to the FDA.

Jan. 20, 1996

Dockets Management Branch Food and Drug Administration
Room 1-23
12420 Park Lawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20857


The undersigned submits this petition under the relevant statutory sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or the Public Health Service Act, or under any other statutory provision for which authority has been delegated to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs under 21 CFR 5.10 to request the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to make a public recommendation announced to the media.


I request that the Commissioner of Food and Drugs make the following public announcement to the media:

"The minerals in hard water can be an important source of dietary magnesium. Studies show that most Americans are magnesium-deficient, which has been correlated with heart disease and asthma, among other ailments. Water which has been "softened" by home water-softening units has lost its magnesium. Consumers are advised not to drink softened water, or if they do so, to take a magnesium supplement of at least 150 mg/day. Magnesium in water is 30% more bio-available than magnesium in supplements."




I claim a categorical exclusion under paragraph 25.24 of 21 CFR.


This advisory may reduce sales/rentals of home water softening units, as the home water treatment industry has in past years touted the healthfulness of soft water.


The Undersigned certifies, that, to the best knowledge and belief of the Undersigned, this petition includes all information and views on which the petition relies, and that it includes representative data and information known to the petitioner which are unfavorable to the petition.



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