India

Regulator cracks down on illegal packaged drinking water manufacturers

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

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India’s food regulator has directed state food safety officials to identify cases where packaged drinking water brands do not carry either the FSSAI or Bureau of Indian Standards’ certification marks, and take strict action in cases where the regulations are not met.

The authority issued an order to say that it had received reports from the BIS about violations packaged water manufacturers. 

It has been reported that a large number of companies are engaged in the business of manufacture and sale of packaged drinking water without FSSAI/BIS certification mark​,” the order said. 

It has also been brought to notice by BIS that several complaints have been received on mushrooming growth of units in various states manufacturing and selling packaged drinking water without BIS certification​.”

Under the terms of the Food Safety and Standards Act, “No person shall manufacture, sell or exhibit for sale packaged drinking water and mineral water except under the Bureau of Indian Standards certification mark​” and that state officials should act against violators.

Further it is also requested to furnish all the details regarding the number of inspections undertaken, samples collected of the packaged drinking water and found contravening to the prescribed regulations under the Act and the subsequent action taken in the case​,” the order added. 

Meanwhile, according to industry sources, the order for strict action against violators has been welcomed by beverage manufacturers.

Related topics: Policy, Food safety, South Asia, Beverages

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