Testing for Total Phenols in Finished Product and Bottled Water Sources is required under the FDA Regulations and the IBWA Code of Practice. In order to be in compliance, bottlers must have this test included in their annual testing packages.
Most detections of Total Phenols come from common culprits that include cleaning products, perfumes or colognes, scented sanitizers or cleansers. All cleaners must be approved by the FDA for use in a food facility! Ask your supplier for an MSDS.
Most phenols are leached in from contact with a disinfecting agent such as hand sanitizer and/or cleaning agent that is somewhere nearby when the samples are being collected. Contamination is not necessarily coming from the water itself, but from something environmentally present in the facility that leach into the sample.
Please feel free to contact a Technical Service Representative at 1-800-458-3330 for more information about testing for Total Phenols in your source water.