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Bottled water of 5 brands unsafe

BSTI submits report to High Court
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Bottled water of 5 brands unsafe

In a report, the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has said that five companies permitted to sell water in bottles and jars are providing "unhealthy and undrinkable water" in the market. According to the report, the five brands are Fruits and Flavous Ltd’s "Yummy Yummy", Sinha Bangladesh Trade Limited’s "Aqua Mineral", Crystal Food and Beverage’s "CFB", Orotech Trade and Technology’s "Osma" and Sree Kundeshari Pharmacy Limited’s "SiNMiN".

After conducting tests on water (bottles and jars) of 15 companies in line with the High Court’s directive, the BSTI authorities yesterday (Monday) submitted the report before a High Court bench.

It said the water (bottles and jars) of the five companies was unhealthy, unsafe and undrinkable.

Deputy Attorney General Md Mokhlesur Rahman placed the report before the High Court bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil for its order.

After receiving the report, the HC bench asked the BSTI authorities to inform the bench on February 24 what steps they have taken against the five companies for providing the unhealthy water in the market. The HC bench also directed the BSTI to collect samples of water from the market every 15 days and continue its testing.

In response to a public interest litigation, the HC had, on December 3, directed the authorities concerned to take steps to stop the supply of unauthorised bottled and jar water to the market.

The court has also instructed the BSTI to submit a report within 15 days to describe the steps it has

taken. The HC bench also directed the authorities concerned to submit a report on the quality of bottled and jar water available in the market.

It also issued a rule asking the government to explain why its failure to provide pure drinking water in bottles and jars should not be declared illegal. Seven officials, including the food secretary, health secretary, the director general of the Health Department and the WASA managing director have been instructed to respond to the rule.

Advocate Lawyer Shammi Akhtar filed the public interest litigation on May 27 last year, based on a report about the quality of water. Advocate Md JR Khan Robin appeared for the petitioner, while deputy attorney general Md Mokhlesur Rahman represented the state. Robin told reporters that the HC had ordered the BSTI to submit a report after testing water in bottles and jars currently sold in the market.

In line with the HC directive, the BSTI conducted the tests accordingly and the report states that five of the water brands tested were unhealthy and undrinkable, he said.

In response to a query, advocate Robin said the BSTI had collected samples of 22 brands from the market from January 4 to January 17.  The report was compiled after testing 15 of the samples. Among these, five were found unhealthy, he noted. The HC bench directed the BSTI to carry out tests and submit a report on the water of seven other companies. The HC bench also instructed the BSTI to continue to collect and test water from markets every two weeks, Robin said.

According to the report, the BSTI’s surveillance team has seized and destroyed 3,979 illegal or unsafe water jars. Twenty-four cases have been prepared against companies for marketing unsafe water.

SR

 

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