Badoit

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Badoit
Logo Badoit.jpg
CountryFrance
SourceSaint-Galmier
Typestill/sparkling
pH6
Calcium (Ca)190
Chloride (Cl)40
Bicarbonate (HCO3)1300
Fluoride (F)1
Magnesium (Mg)85
Potassium (K)10
Silica (SiO2)35
Sodium (Na)150
Sulfate (SO4)40
TDS1200
All concentrations in milligrams per liter (mg/L); pH without units
Bottle of Badoit mineral water

Badoit is a brand of mineral water obtained from natural sources at Saint-Galmier, France.[1] The water is naturally carbonated, on its journey through granite rocks and subterranean gas deposits.

History[edit]

Early ad for Badoit from 1857: "Avoid epidemics by drinking water from St. Galmier, Source Badoit, The table water without equal. Shipping: 10 million bottles per year. Demand the green seal, with the signature of "A. Badoit". 10 Medals awarded at Expositions."

Badoit is named after Auguste Badoit,[2] who began bottling the water of Saint Galmier in 1838. In 1971, Badoit became part of Evian SA, which later became a fully owned subsidiary of Boussois Souchon Neuvesel. Today, Badoit is a product and brand of the Danone group.

In June 2019, Danone announced that from that month onward, Badoit would no longer be available in the UK. Danone explained that, as Badoit is a natural mineral water, the company was conscious of the need to preserve the source and never collect more than nature can offer. The Saint Galmier region of France had been experiencing droughts over the past few years and this had affected the rate of groundwater replenishment. Danone believed that the responsible approach was to reduce the amount of Badoit it bottled and sold, to protect the source for future generations.[3]

Description[edit]

"The carbonic acid gas therein is formed by combination and not by compression. This is a very clear water, a tangy flavor, fresh, very nice. In its most recent analysis made by Mr. O. Henry, giving it nearly 3 grams of carbon dioxide per liter, many earthen and alkaline bi-carbonates and proportion of nitrate of magnesia whose presence seems to explain this amazing fact that the residents of Saint-Galmier have never counted a calculous person among them." [2] One source in 1856 says that the spring was capable of producing 7000 bottles a day.[2]

A 2004 analysis by the French Society for Radiation Protection confirms the spring water emits 70 becquerels per liter of radiation before treatment, containing 58 mg/m3 of uranium, 350 Bq/m3 of radium-226 and 713 Bq/m3 of radium-228. After treatment, it contains 5.45 mg/m3 of uranium, 28 Bq/m3 of radium 226 and 44 Bq/m3 of radium 228.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Source Badoit" (in French). Mairie de St Galmier (Town Hall of St Galmier). February 2014. Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Anonymous (May 10, 1856). EAU NATURELLE DE SELTZ FRANÇAISE. APERÇU SUR LES PROPRIÉTÉS MÉDICALES ET HYGIÉNIQUES DES EAUX DE SAINT-GALMIER [NATURAL FRENCH SELTZ WATER. OVERVIEW OF THE MEDICAL AND SANITARY PROPERTIES OF THE ST GALIMER WATER] (in French). Paris: L'Union Medicale. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  3. ^ Retail Editor, Ashley Armstrong (2019-08-31). "Badoit bubble bursts as French water firm stops selling in UK". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  4. ^ Pierre Doremus. "Exposition à la radioactivité naturelle du fait des activités humaines – Retour d'expérience des interventions de l'IRSN" (PDF). French Society for Radiation Protection (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2014.

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