Is It a Right Step To Bring Packaged Drinking Water Under “Essential Commodities Act”?

Mineral WaterThe Karnataka state government has appealed to the Union government to bring Packaged Drinking Water under “Essential Commodities Act”. (The Hindu Article says that)  The Minister for Food and Civil Supplies said that it could help to make Packaged Drinking Water available to all.

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He also added that, “There should not be dual MRP price on packaged drinking products. The Department of Legal Metrology has already started taking action against violators of MRP rules. According to the latest news, In Mangalore, 69 commercial establishments were checked and 12 cases were registered against those who sold Packaged Drinking Water with higher MRP by pasting any sticker on the MRP.“

The Minister has also appealed to the consumers to call over 0824–2223601 to file a complaint against such erring Food Business Operators.

The Food Business Operators charging prices for mineral water in excess of MRP will be penalized with fine of ₹ 2,000 in the first instance and in case if FBO owner found guilty second time then he could be jailed for six months under the Legal Metrology Act.

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Raising Concerns over the Storage and Distribution of Packaged Drinking Mineral Water in Vijayawada

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5The demand for Packaged Mineral Water is increasing at an alarming rate in the Vijayawada city due to rise in temperature. But the storage and distribution of Packaged Drinking Mineral Water has become a serious issue of concern for the public because bottling units are not following norms of safety, packaging and distribution.

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(The New Indian Express Article says that) Concerned environment a list Ch. Annapurna revealed the fact about the majority of the Packaged Drinking Water Plants using polycarbonate containers and other plastic materials for storing water and transporting them in an open vehicle exposing them directly to sunlight and heat which can increase leaching of toxic matter of the plastic containers into water.

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While, the food safety controller N Purnachandra Rao said that water plants should not store water in plastic bottles for longer period because it will lead to the formation of bacteria and fungus and will also pollute bottled water. Especially, use of non-reusable bottle for longer periods may even lead to cancer. So, the department monitoring the licenses of the Packaged Drinking Water Plants units and will take stringent action against the plants violating the norms.

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IRCTC’s Rail Neer Emerges As a Top Performer Packaged Drinking Water Brand of a Country

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Rail Neer-Packaged Drinking Water Plant(The India today Article says that) As per the Consumer Voice magazine published by Voluntary Organization in Interest of Consumer Education (VOICE), IRCTC’s very own Packaged Drinking Water brand ‘Rail Neer’ has become the top performer out of 12 other reputed brands across India. Rail Neer not only graded as no. 1 in terms of cost but also in quality.

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Rail Neer has proved to be a value-for-money brand in a Country. In cost terms, Rail Neer ranked no.1 against other leading brands of country since it costs only Rs. 15 for one liter bottle, as compared to the Rs. 20 for most other brands.

 As per the magazine consumer voice’s test based on IS:14543: 2004 with the latest amendments, conducted in an NABL accredited laboratory, it is found that, the Rail Neer met all the requirement set by Indian Standards in terms of colour, TDS, turbidity and pH.Hence, IRCTC’s Rail Neer became the no. 1 brand of the country.

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BIS Raids On Packaged Drinking Water Plant with Fake Seal, License in Pune.

1The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has conducted a special raid on a company selling Packaged Drinking Water with a fake license in Pune. The water test showed a mixture of chemicals and bacteria in packaged drinking water. BIS has assured to take a stringent action against the offender under the BIS Act, 1986.

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(The India Times Article says that) During this raid,it is found that company was selling packed drinking water with a fake license number and moreover, using the brand name, Marvelous, Blue Dews and Aqua Nation without an authentic BIS license, testing or batch number or manufacturing date.BIS seized these water bottles and billing document of the company.

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Packaged Drinking Water units must have valid license from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) or Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) otherwise water plants can attract stringent penalties by the government.

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FDA Raids On Illegally Running Water Packaging Units And Seals One in Raipur

FDA Raids On Illegally Running Water Packaging Units And Seals One in Raipur.

fda raidFDA 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.

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Drinking Water Crisis in Chennai

water crisisAs per the sources, some area under the Chennai Corporation and other southern municipalities is going through crisis of drinking water. Although, there are many sources of drinking water, people could not use it because of bad quality of drinking water. Water bodies were found polluted due to encroachments and dumping of garbage into the many water bodies.

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Local People complained that, they are trying to get water using motor and they were forced to drill bore well and to buy Packaged Drinking Water. Metro water supplying tanker water only to many parts of the suburbs, but it is not enough for them.
Concerned people strongly feel that the crisis has worsened because the civic bodies and state government have not done anything to protect water bodies and to stop encroachment in the region. Many diseases can cause by a lack of adequate water supply and unsafe sanitation conditions. So, Government with help of local people should try to rejuvenate the available water sources so that more and pure water will be available to the people.

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Increase in Sale of Rail Neer Packaged Drinking Water

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Rail Neer, a brand by Indian railways which is run under its other group venture called IRCTC, started selling the Packaged Drinking Water at railway stations in Aug 2014. And now, the daily sale of Rail Neer water bottles has increased from 1,40,000 to 2,40,000 bottles in this summer.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) reported that, although, sale water bottles was not allowed outside the premises, suddenly Rail Neer water bottles come in demand due to rise in temperature which is a very good news for Railways.

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IRCTC official also confirmed that, according to the earlier test on the water in Rail Neer bottles was not complied with the Food Safety and Standards Authority and passengers choose other brands over Rail Neer but they have worked hard to improve the quality of Rail neer drinking water bottles which resulted in increase in sale of Rail Neer Packaged Drinking Water.

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Mineral Water Plant Training – April 2017 Review

This Mineral Water Plant Training was different

This time the training was offered for 2 days for the first time ever. The reasons were :-

  • Since past the participants demanded that the time (1 day) is far lesser.
  • We too wanted to rope in some experts like the Groundwater Expert, a Financial Statements Expert & also a dedicated ISI person.
  • The Out of Pune crowd also preferred to come for a 2 days training, where they can have detailed sessions & possibly a good interaction with the experts & within the participants.

So we combined various sessions & could land at a very successful 2 days training event at Pune. In all, we had 21 participants from all over the country from places as far as Punjab, Delhi & Kochi. Almost 80% of them were from out of Maharashtra. All of them participated wonderfully; some of them have also posted their reviews, you can see the Reviews on Google 

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Soon, FDA’s New Law For Packaged Drinking Water

Soon, FDA’s New Law For Packaged Drinking Water

FDA is enforcing a new law for Packaged Drinking Water to control the sale of non-potable water.  As per the new regulation, it is mandatory to sell packaged drinking water in sealed container. Although, FDA is seems unclear about the law as they are not sure about applying rule over drinking water cans and  jars. They are still thinking on it.

As there are many Drinking Water Units running without license, the serious concern has raised over the quality of drinking water. FDA ensured to take an action against illegally running drinking water units after this law come into action. On the Other hand, many from drinking water industry feel that, FDA should not take any action unless and until they are sure, if drinking water cans and jars comes under their purview.

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National Water Quality Sub-Mission for Clean Drinking Water

National Water Quality Sub-Mission for Clean Drinking Water

National Water Quality Sub-Mission for Clean Drinking WaterThe ministry of drinking water and sanitation has launched the ‘National Water Quality Sub-Mission’ to accomplish the aim to provide tap water to all by 2030. The outlay of this mission is Rs 25,000 crore. The government has decided to provide clean drinking water to 28,000 habitations which are heavily affected with arsenic and fluoride contaminants in water by 2021.

The Problem of water pollution has been increasing at an alarming rate in India. Among the all, West Bengal is very badly affected by arsenic, while Rajasthan crippled by the excess presence of fluoride contaminants in drinking water.
The Water contamination, mainly from arsenic and fluoride, can cause serious health hazards.

The Center has sent notifications to states to plan specific proposals to tackle the problem of contaminated drinking water.
The ministry of drinking water and sanitation has commissioned around 35 research and development projects to clean the drinking water in rural areas.

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