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WATER, COMMERCIALLY BOTTLED — UNOPENED

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Keeps indefinitely

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  • How long does unopened bottled water last? The precise answer to the question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store unopened bottles of bottled water in a cool, dark area.
  • To extend the shelf life of unopened bottled water, keep unopened bottled water away from direct sources of heat or light.
  • How long does unopened bottled water last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened bottled water will last indefinitely, provided the bottle has not been damaged.
  • Is unopened bottled water safe to drink after the "expiration" date on the bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged unopened bottled water will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the unopened bottled water will remain at peak quality.
  • Does unopened bottled water go bad? Over time, unopened bottled water's color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly and the bottle is not damaged.
  • If unopened bottled water develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes.

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