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Indore: Admin launches drive against packaged drinking water, destroys 209 packets


Indore: In a move to save people from consuming contaminated water, especially those which are labeled as mineral water, the district administration and food and drug administration department have launched a drive against packaged drinking water on Thursday.

On the first day of drive, officials raided two units of packaged drinking water – Kanha Beverages and Malhar Beverages – at Palda and destroyed 80 and 123 packets of water respectively.

“We have destroyed water pouch packets without manufacturing details and brand name. No date of manufacturing and expiry were mentioned on these pouches but they were loaded in vehicles to be sold. Along with water pouches, we have also destroyed 48 crates of water bottles,” senior food safety officer Manish Swami said.

He said that more than 15 companies are registered in city for supplying drinking water and samples will be collected from all the units to prepare a report.

Informing about the ongoing ‘Milk Survey’ by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), Swami said that they had collected 45 samples of milk, including packed milk, from various places in which 10 samples were failed.

“After serving notices to them, we have again collected samples from their shops and will take action if they failed the test again,” he added.

FSSAI to focus on beverages in summer

In view of forthcoming summer, FSSAI has directed the food safety officials to concentrate on quality of beverages and collect at least 40 samples every month.

“We are collecting more than 40 samples in a month and submitting our report to the apex regulatory body. FDA has collected samples of butter milk, cold drinks, fruit juices and other drinks,” he added.