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Food Safety Department of Assam bans packaged drinking water ‘Bisleri’ in State

14,September, 2019

Guwahati: The Food Safety Commissioner of the Assam Government had recently issued a notification to ban the packaged drinking mineral water ‘Bisleri‘ in Assam.

The ban has been carried out due to the presence of fluoride in the water which is considered harmful for the health.

The notification further states that according to section 3 (1) of the Food Safety Standards Act 2006, they have found a large amount of fluoride in the water of this brand which is harmful to health.

This notification was released by the Food Department on 12 September.

The report of the Food Department also states that the water of this brand was tested as per Regulation 2.10.8 of Food Safety and Standards in which an excessive amount of fluoride has been found.

It has also been said in the notification that the ban on this water will continue until the company provides pure drinking water.

Meanwhile, the Department has ordered GD Aqua located at Dolma Industrial Area in Bahata, Assam, to ban the water storage, distribution.

Section 3 in The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006

It is to be noted that “food” means any substance, whether processed, partially processed or unprocessed, which is intended for human consumption and includes primary food, to the extent defined in clause (ZK) genetically modified or engineered food or food containing such ingredients, infant food, packaged drinking water, alcoholic drink, chewing gum, and any substance, including water used into the food during its manufacture, preparation or treatment but does not include any animal feed, live animals unless they are prepared or processed for placing on the market for human consumption, plants prior to harvesting, drugs and medicinal products, cosmetics, narcotic or psychotropic substances: Provided that the Central Government may declare, by notification in the Official Gazette, any other article as food for the purposes of this Act having regards to its use, nature, substance or quality.

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