Kerala , we believed is a very clean state !
Recently I had been to Kerala State tour & found out that so far this was the best Indian State ( I have not yet visited the Far East states). The natural beauty , serenity , the quiet yet educated people , their food habits ( the state restaurants serve veg food & beef in same premises). The people , even if the disagree , won’t raise their voices & will keep the talks absolutely issue based. But the most impressive out of all these was the Cleanliness seen overall. The less amount of Plastic and industries was the highly rated observation. Truly we thought that the name is correct : God’s Own Country !
But what about drinking water ?
As a tourist , we used to order & buy Packaged Drinking Water Bottles everywhere. But never observed any issues in that , till very recently I came across an article , a lengthy one , which talked about Food contamination in Keral in quite a depth. Though it has expressed concerns over the Food quality in general , but has spoken more about Packaged Drinking Water :-
Even packaged drinking water available in the market is contaminated. Lab tests of samples taken from drinking water bottles of prominent brands in the state recently were found to have e-coli. The presence was as high as 40 CFU in 100 ml of water which also indicated faecal contamination.
Kerala State Pollution Control Board had also found the presence of coli-form bacteria in samples collected from drinking water bottles of prominent brands.
It further raises concern over the availability of approved NABL Testing labs. Without such labs , how can be the foods be safe for intake ?