The Food Safety Commissioner of Tamil Nadu has issued a warning to bottled drinking water companies in the state, emphasizing the importance of providing safe drinking water to consumers. Out of the 1640 packaged drinking water companies in Tamil Nadu, only a third have products suitable for safe consumption, as per the commissioner. Additionally, it has been revealed that nearly a quarter of the water examined is of poor quality.
According to sources within the Department of the Food and Safety Commissioner, numerous complaints have been lodged against packaged drinking water companies. Consequently, 1640 samples from various companies were collected and sent for testing.
The test results indicate that 694 samples were of high quality, while 527 were deemed unsuitable for drinking, and 419 were of poor quality.
To address these issues, the Department of Food Safety has filed 173 cases in court, resulting in fines totaling Rs 39.69 lakh being imposed on the companies and their sales points.
The food safety commissioner has instructed the companies to obtain the appropriate license from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and strictly adhere to all guidelines outlined in the Food Safety Act.
Furthermore, the department has mandated that the companies thoroughly clean 20-litre water bottles prior to filling them, and they must display the manufacturer’s name and the water quality information on the bottles.
A senior official informed IANS, “It is alarming to discover that approximately one-third of the packaged drinking water being used in the state is either of poor quality or unsafe. Stringent action will be taken against companies that fail to meet the minimum standards set by the BIS. Regular inspections and random checks will be conducted on these packaged drinking water companies.”
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