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FSSAI came up with notification citing new deadline which will be upto July 1, 2021, for the food business operators (FBOs) to comply with the regulations related to the limit of calcium and magnesium in packaged drinking water, other than mineral water.

Drinking water is an everyday essential for the whole mankind that fulfills lots of ions and minerals important for us. Though it sometimes get adulterated and contaminated due to several factors like ground water infusion, artificial adulteration and many more, but still it helps us to receive the important micro nutrients and ions.

Packaged Drinking water is what we are using mostly in metropolitan cities where we are facing water pollution and contamination owing the number of factories and processing unit erected riverside. The groundwater is not recharging fast and steady and above that seepage is making it unfit for drinking purpose. These all are creating water packaging and selling industries as a last resort meeting our needs. If this type of dependency is there then it must be highly pure and purified through its entirety.

FSSAI, the supreme regulator in the country has previously asked FBOs who are selling packaged drinking water to delimit the calcium and magnesium levels. Later on, the representatives from the market requested to seek an extension in the regard.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had earlier extended the deadline to July 1, 2020, and subsequently till January 1, 2021.

“It has been decided to further extend the timeline for compliance related to limits of calcium and magnesium for the standards of Packaged Drinking Water (other than mineral water) up to July 1,” the regulator said. These standards on packaged drinking water are prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) fourth amendment regulations, 2019, As it reads.

 

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