In 2017, some social activists from Mumbai lodged a complaint in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about Packaged Drinking Water containing harmful substances such as bromate. Then, NHRC forwarded this complaint to FSSAI, and then FSSAI officials asked FDA to carry out further investigation.
The FDA had initiated collecting water samples for testing in October 2017. The FDA has sent these water samples to lab in Jogeshwari (east). The lab has tested these water samples of six different packaged drinking water brands for bromate and forwarded the analysis report to Pune lab. FDA has assured that, after receiving the reports, they will take legal action as per the Act.
One of the social activist said that, he is not happy with this move of FDA, as they have collected only six water samples which are extremely low in number. He will be sending written request to FDA to collect more samples.
The article in Times of India says that, FDA team raided on unlicensed RO chilled Water Units in Nagpur. Immediately after that, under the FSS Act, 2006, FDA issued orders for prohibiting the sale of chilled water. Basically the containers are unpackaged and unsealed and the water found in these containers is non-potable. Moreover, these units are operating under unhygienic and unmonitored conditions. So, The RO chilled water manufacturers association filed petition in Nagpur HC against the FDA.
The HC justices issued notices asking to the respondents including Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for reply before August 1.Other respondents in the case are FDA’s Mumbai office along with its designated officers and assistant commissioners (Food) in Nagpur, Akola and Bhandara, and BIS.
According to Counsel Harnish Gadhia, the Centre made some amendments for RO Chilled Water Units in ‘Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011’on November 16 last year and also published a notification in the Official Gazette of India on March 1.On the account of this, FDA said that, it is mandatory to have licenses under the Act only forPackaged Drinking Water and not for unpackaged RO water chilled jars. BIS stated that, chilled water jars can’t be granted license as there is no amendment for them. The petitioners requested for cancelling the prohibition order and also to sell the water without license.
Also Read our article on: Converting a “Cold Jars” Plant into an ISI approved Packaged Drinking Water Plant.
FDA Raids On Illegally Running Water Packaging Units And Seals One in Raipur.
FDA started to take an action against illegally running drinking water units. As soon as, the orders were issued to conduct sudden raid at Packaged Drinking Water companies in Raipur, teams of food security officers simultaneously conducted raids at 17 districts across the state and collected 28 samples.
FDA Officials said that the raid was planned in 17 districts and one company was sealed on the spot. Also, many other Packaged Drinking Water companies running without having the BIS certificate. Moreover, drinking water in other illegal companies was not pure as it does not have labs of equipment’s to filter water required to make water drinkable.
FDA will take further actions against them after testing the samples.