Pune: If you are ordering home bottled potable water, then here is what you must know. In recent raids by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), it has been found that several companies in rural Pune and Baramati are manufacturing packaged drinking water.
With FDA’s order of shutting Pimple Gurav’s Narayan Mineral Water and M Avhale Industries in Haveli taluka, the number of such companies has reached five cases in Pune division alone.
According to FDA officials, these plants were carrying out reverse osmosis (RO) and carbon and sand filtration and sold the processed water in 20-litre containers to offices and party organisers.
“These plants are running without licences from the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) that are prerequisites to run a packaged drinking water plant. Such water can have traces of heavy metals which is injurious to health. While we have made a public appeal for all such business owners to complete all formalities or face action, we are appealing to public at large to remain alert,” said Shashikant Kekare, joint commissioner (drugs), FDA, Pune.
Asked on how does one ascertain if the packaged water is safe to consume or not, Kekare said that one must check the water can for markings of BIS licenses. “No other licenses are valid and if there is no proof of licensing, people must refuse to accept that water can and inform us about it,” said Kekare.