New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) Around 28 per cent samples of packaged drinking and mineral water and about 23 per cent milk samples tested during 2014-15 were found not to be conforming to the prescribed standards, Rajya Sabha was informed today.
“Some instances of sale of mineral water or packaged drinking water not conforming to the standards prescribed under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSAI), 2006 and Regulations thereunder and unlicensed packaged water, have come to the notice of FSSAI,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said in a written reply.
Out of 2977 and 806 samples tested during 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively, 577 and 226 were found to be not conforming to the standards prescribed under the FSSAI Act.
“The data on packaged drinking water and mineral water tested was not compiled for 2012-13. The FSSAI regularly sensitises the State Food Safety Commissioners through written communications and in the meetings of its Central Advisory Committee,” he said.
Replying to another question on adulterated milk, Nadda said out of 6649 samples analysed in 2014-15, 1559 were found to be not conforming to the prescribed standard under the FSSAI Act.
“The Secretary Department of Health and Family Welfare has requested the Chief Secretaries of all states/UTs to issue instructions to administrative and police authorities to extend all possible cooperation to the food safety authorities in carrying out surveillance activities to check food adulteration and manufacture/sale of sub-standards food item,” the minister said.