Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Standardizing Quality of Packaged Water

Posted On: 11 APR 2017 2:40PM by PIB Delhi

As per Regulation 2.3.14 (17) and (18)  of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Regulations, 2011, no person can  manufacture, sell or exhibit for sale packaged drinking water and mineral water except under the Bureau of Indian Standards Certification Mark.  However, reports of some Food Business Operators manufacturing/selling packaged drinking water without Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)/Bureau of Indian Standards (BSI) certification mark have come to notice of FSSAI.

 

As per information made available by State/UT Governments to the FSSAI, details of samples of Packaged Drinking Water and Mineral Water analysed, found not conforming (including unlicensed)  and action taken  during last three years are is as  under:

 

Year

No. of samples analysed

No. of samples found to adulterated/

misbranded

No. of cases Launched

Conviction

2013-14

2977

577

 

169

4

2014-15

734

226

 

 

130

16

2015-16

767

345

 

 

176

39

 

Standards of Mineral Water and Packaged Drinking Water (other than Mineral Water) have been prescribed under sub-regulation  2.10.7 and 2.10.8 of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 respectively. The standards for Packaged Drinking Water  (other than Mineral Water)   have recently been revised and notified on 15.11.2016. The officials of State/UT Governments are responsible for enforcement of  law and regulations. FSSAI has written to State/UT authorities for ensuring compliance with regulations. 

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

 

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