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Water is an important part of our life. An average human being requires at least 4 litres of water every day, but with water pollution rising, it is difficult to trust the water available for drinking today.
In order to ensure that the packaged water available in the market is safe for drinking, FSSAI (Food Safety & Standards Authority of India) has recently changed guidelines for packaged drinking water companies.
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FSSAI announced its plan to crack a whip on unlicensed packaging drinking water companies. Recently a news channel had reported that around 4000 FBOs dealing with packaged drinking water didn’t possess FSSAI License.
Therefore to maintain the purity of water and also to keep a check on unlicensed drinking water companies these guidelines were necessary.
As per the new standards, the word “natural” has been added to the new sub-regulations. Going forward the label should read “Packaged drinking water” rather than “Packaged Natural drinking water”. According to the authorities, natural mineral water is unlikely to be consumed by humans. The water should be sold in packaged form by whatever names the company wants to sell for.
Also, as per the new amendments by FSSAI, the drinking water can be derived from various sources like local water supply, underground water, surface water, sea or any other consistent source of water.
However, the manufacturers of drinking water companies need to abide by below mentioned guidelines for packaged drinking water before selling it to the market. These guidelines would ensure that the water available is absolutely safe for drinking and cannot cause any harm.
Below are the New Guidelines Set by FSSAI:
The packaging and labelling guidelines are as follows:
The new guidelines also specify that the following microorganisms should not be present in water:
After the new regulations are in place, all the companies involved in manufacturing and packaging of water are required to submit all the details of their water processing unit so that the authorities can begin the approval process. Any violation of the safety standards would lead to legal actions against the company.
Guidelines for Packaged Drinking Water: Recent UpdateIn a recent announcement made by the authorities, the packaged drinking water companies are required to obtain two different licenses to operate. One license would be issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the other license would be issued by FSSAI itself. Companies operating with both the licenses confirms that their water is safe for drinking and has passed all the safety standards for filtration and standard quality packaging material is used that does not contaminate water in any way.
There will be surprise audits conducted by the authorities to ensure that the companies are operating as per the required standard. It is only after the testing and verification process of every ingredient in the packaged drinking water, FSSAI would issue a valid license. This would provide assurance to consumers that the water can be drunk without any doubts.
Another important recent change that has been made is that from 2020 packaged drinking water companies should ensure that their products should contain minerals like calcium and magnesium of at least 20-75 mg/litre.
The following documents are required:
Guidelines for packaged drinking water were essential considering it’s concerned with the health of people. These guidelines are to be complied with by all the packaged water companies.
Do you wish to register for FSSAI License? Are you looking for the Food License Advisory? Would you like to know about the FSSAI laws? Please feel free to contact Enterslice, India’s leading online legal and tax advisory firm.
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Ashish M. Shaji has done his graduation in law (BA. LLB) from CCS University. He has keen interests in doing extensive research and writing on legal subjects especially on corporate law. He is a creative thinker and has a great interest in exploring legal subjects.
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