I would like to congratulate the European Food Standards Authority and European Commission for their open-mindedness. After their decision in mid-November to ban bottled water companies from claiming that drinking water can prevent dehydration, they were widely ridiculed. In their defense, a 3-year study by a panel of 21 scientists found no direct correlation between drinking water and an active prevention of dehydration - technically, reduced water content in the body is a symptom of dehydration, not a cause, and thus, drinking water cannot subsequently be claimed to control the condition. Well, upon further consultation with the panel of scientists, they will still not allow water bottles to claim to prevent dehydration, but they can now claim that water helps regulate body temperature and maintain the body's physical and mental functions. I'm glad that, given today's climate of fear and instability within the EU, everyone could find a middle ground on this very important issue.