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Branded water containing harmful microbes openly sold
5/8/2019 10:46:18 PM
Ashwani Sharma
Early times Report
UDHAMPUR, May 8: In a shocking exposure it has come to fore that packaged drinking water brands by two prominent companies though containing harmful microbes are openly being sold in the market here with none from the authorities concerned to check it.
On 23rd of last month, the Commissionerate of Food Safety, J&K in a 'Food Alert' had issued 'Stop Use Notice' after samples of the Packaged Drinking Water 'Aqua Nice and Mc Dowell's No. 1 Platinum' were lifted by the Empowered Authorities of the Commissionerate under the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, Rules and Regulations 2011.
The 'Stop Use Notice' had declared these packaged drinking waters as 'Unsafe and Misbranded' by the Food Analyst at Public Health Laboratory, Jammu
The report had stated that Packaged Drinking Water bottles had no mention about batch number, date of packing, best before, net content etc and the water contained harmful microbes like e-coli and other coli forms.
Still the water is openly available at all outlets like ruler and urban areas and is also being served at marriage halls and other parties. Many prominent persons in the civil society have expressed concerned over the negligent role of law enforcement authorities and health authorities in this regard and have demanded strict action against them.
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