All About ISI

ISI For A Mineral Water Plant, ISI For A Packaged Drinking Water Plant

ISI for mineral water plant - ISI For A Mineral Water Plant, ISI For A Packaged Drinking Water PlantIf you decide to sell Packaged Drinking Water [Mineral Water] in Bottles, Jars, Pouches; then it is mandatory to get ISI License issued by the BIS.

The standard for Packaged Drinking Water is : IS 14543

There are many procedures to be observed under the BIS. Whereas , you can refer the following Frequently Asked Questions:

(The Content has been taken from Site India Water portal & the Queries question answers have been supplied by Suresh Allu of Avirodha Consulting Services.)

Q :- Is Bottled Water market in India is regulated?

A :- Yes, it is compulsory for all the manufacturers who intend to set up the processing unit, to obtain the ISI mark from Bureau of India Standards.

Q :- Can one apply for the ISI mark and commence the production?

A :- No. Unless the inspection is done by the staff, tests carried out in an independent lab and official confirmation and license number is obtained, unit can’t commence commercial production.

Q :- Is in-house lab compulsory?

A :- Yes, such Lab should be equipped to carry out all physical, chemical and micro biological tests prescribed as per IS : 3025, and has to be conducted by expert chemist / micro biologist.

Q :- What are the categories of bottled water in India ?

A :- Only Two. Packaged Natural Mineral Water governed under IS: 13428 and Packaged Drinking Water governed under. IS: 14543

Q :- What is the basic difference between Natural Mineral Water and Packaged Drinking Water?

A :- If the water is drawn from natural source, confirms to composition listed under IS: 13428, and is bottled WITHOUT ALTERING the composition, falls under Natural Mineral Water. In packaged drinking water, any of the processes of filtration / disinfection listed under IS: 14543 can be utilized, altering the composition of subject water & finally, bottling it. After employing processes listed under IS: 14543, my water composition confirms to Natural Mineral Water specifications. Which category my water would fall in? IS: 14543

Q:- What is STOP MARKING?

A :- Bureau of Indian standards, during their routine / sudden inspection of the unit, may find irregularities in connection with composition, hygienic conditions, filling procedures etc. It may issue an order revoking the license temporarily, signifying stopping the production and usage of ISI mark on the product. The license is restored after satisfactory compliance of conditions.

Q :- What are the pre requisites of putting an ISI complying unit?

A :- The standards published for bottled water [both categories] clearly mention the filtration processes, hygienic conditions, lighting, labeling regulation etc. It also list the relevant testing standards [IS 3025] required for methods of testing.

Q :- What is BIS, ISI and PFA?

A :- BIS: Bureau of Indian standards is a premier organization engaged in setting standards for various products and services. ISI: Indian Standard Institution is the former name of BIS but till date ISI is the MARK given by this organization. PFA: Governed under Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954, this agency safeguards the interests of the consumers through constant check on the food and beverage sector.

Q :- Can one mention composition of water if the brand falls under the category of IS: 14543?

A :- No. Since it involves altering the composition of source water and it is at times, difficult to maintain the same, furnishing of such composition is not allowed.

Q :- Are there any standard volumes of water prescribed?

A :- Yes. As per notification issued by the ministry of consumer affairs on Feb28, 2001, amending Standards of weights and Measures [Packaged Commodities] Rules 1977, it is mandatory now for bottled water to be sold only in prescribed standard. These are 100 ml / 150 ml / 200 ml / 250 ml / 300 ml / 330ml [ only in cans ], 500ml / 750 ml / 1 liter / 1.5 liter / 2,3,4,5 liters and thereafter , in multiples of 5 liters.

Q :- What is CGWA?

A :- Under Ministry of Water Resources, Central Ground Water Authority [CGWA] regulates the use of ground water. Under power conferred to them under section 5 of Environment [protection] Act, 1986, CGWA has directed all processing units of bottled water to get their bore well registered with them. The same has to be applied under prescribed Performa.

Q :- Which central agency’s certification is necessary for commencing fruit juice / soft drink?

A :- It is mandatory to obtain FPO mark, under FRUIT PRODUCTS ORDER 1955, and comes under ministry of food processing industry. Now the FPO has gone & a new mark has come called : F.S.S.A.I.

Q :- Is it necessary to obtain BIS or FPO for manufacturing aerated water?

A :- No, currently these certificates are not applicable.

Q :- Is it permissible to run a soft drink unit and bottled water unit from same premises ?

A :- No. Since ingredients to be utilized in soft drink [sugar and flavor] are likely to contaminate surrounding and equipment, it is neither advisable nor permissible to operate the same units at one place.

Q :- What action is likely if product – bottled water or soft drink fails the permitted parameters?

A :- The action under PFA Act 1954 may be invoked and may result in stop marking for bottled water, invariably leading to temporary closure of unit. Soft drink unit may also fact closure owing to such slip-up.

[The Content has been taken from Site India Water portal & the Queries question answers have been supplied by Suresh Allu of Avirodha Consulting Services.] Here are their contact details :-

Suresh Allu. [Hyderabad]
+91 94911 03999.
www.avirodha.org

ISI For A Mineral Water Plant, ISI For A Packaged Drinking Water Plant

469 comments on “All About ISI

  1. Hi, can we set up ISI plant in a plot size of 180 sq.yards? Is water plant allowed to set up in a residential colony ( if there is no objection )?

  2. I want start ro mineral plant bissness but i have no information. Plz send mi ISI certificate info and other all certificate details.

  3. I want to only marketed drinking mineral water1,6and 20ltr.jar packing so which list.i need for it when product is mfg.this unit have ISI lisc. Both ISI and iso required for it or only fssai registrationis required please.reply of it

  4. sir,I want start mineral water plant for bussiness purpose but I have not inform ation. isi certificate inform All the certificate. my mobile no-9868646450

  5. Sir
    I want start ro mineral plant bissness but i have no information. Plz send mi ISI certificate info and other all certificate details. My mobile no 7984424790

  6. Sir
    I want start ro mineral plant bissness but i have no information. Plz send mi ISI certificate info and other all certificate details

  7. Govt officials should mind that, certification should work correctly and ISI certify should indulge in water plants also that makes the people very liable in drinking fresh water

  8. Mother Dairy outlets in West Bengal are selling packaged drinking/mineral water with ISI Marking; however , the quality of 20 litre Jars packaged units look so unclean inside-outside, the customers feel awful about it & wonder what sort of quality standards are assured/guaranteed by mere ISI marking on them. Request the authority to look into the matter urgently to ensure authenticity of the bottling/packaging plants just don’t use the ISI marking on their products without really caring for the quality & consumers’ health. THE MATTER MUST BE TREATED WITH EXTREME URGGENCY BY THE AITHORISED AGENCIES

  9. Dear Sir/Madam
    I am going to start a project of 20 ltr Drinking water Plant(only 20 ltr will be manufactured).I have enquired many places and they have told me that if I print Package Drinking water in my Product Sticker than ISI registration is mandatory, and on the other hand if there is only written Drinking water in the product label ,than no ISI registration is required. For that FSSAI registration is sufficient. So sir now I am in a big puzzle , please help me regarding this issue I will be ever grateful to you.
    my mobile no:-7896446677

  10. Sir
    I want start ro mineral plant bissness but i have no information. Plz send mi ISI certificate info and other all certificate details.

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