Bottled water of five cos unsafe: BSTI

Staff Correspondent

22 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bottled water of five cos unsafe: BSTI

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) informed the High Court on Monday that five brands of bottled drinking water available in the market is unsafe.

The brands are Yummy Yummy of Fruits and Flavours Ltd, Aqua Mineral of Sinha Bangladesh Trades Ltd, CFB of Crystal Food and Beverage, Osma of Orotech Trade and Technology and SiNMiN of Sree Kundeshari Pharmacy Ltd.

The High Court had directed BSTI to examine the water of 15 companies. Following the test, BSTI found substandard bottled water marketed by the five business entities.

A bench of the High Court comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil received the report on Monday. Deputy Attorney General Md Mokhlesur Rahman submitted the report.

On May 27 last year, Shammi Akhtar, a lawyer, filed a public interest litigation with the High Court, seeking steps against impure bottled water brands.

She filed the petition on the basis of a report published in the highest circulated Bengali daily Bangladesh Pratidin on May 22, 2018, saying BSTI’s surveillance team seized and destroyed 3,979 illegal or unsafe water jars.

On December 3, the HC directed the BSTI and law enforcement agencies to remove ‘illegal and unsafe’ jar and bottled water from the market.

The HC issued a rule, asking the authorities concerned to clarify why their negligence in stopping sale of unsafe water shall not be declared illegal.

Secretaries to the food and health ministries, director general of DGHS, managing director of WASA and three others were directed to respond to the rule.

The HC also directed the BSTI to examine water samples and submit a report.

BSTI accordingly collected water samples of 22 companies from the market during the period from January 4 to 17 and found problems with the water of five brands.

The petitioner’s counsel, JR Khan Robin, said the court may announce steps against the five companies by February 24.

The court also ordered the BSTI to continue collecting water samples and testing them every two weeks, he added.