As many as eight bottled water brands have been not only declared unsafe for consumption but also responsible for causing Hepatitis C particularly in the national capital Islamabad.
As a local media source reported, ICT Food Department (Islamabad Capital Territory Food Department) inspected samples of 15 brands after receiving complaints on the Pakistan Citizen Portal. The water samples were sent to NIH (National Institute of Health) for quality testing.
The results showed eight brands to be unfit for consumption due to low quality and contamination. These brands are: Deep Spring, Nectar, Hydro8, Bareen, Moozan, Elovina, Aquantis and Mapple Plus. Coliform numbers in the said brands are 60-240, while a dangerously high content of bacterial germs was also found in them.
NIH’s report further added that the samples were tested in the presence of health experts, who dissected the samples and declared them unfit for human consumption.
After the medical assessment, NIH confirmed that the water from the mentioned brand has a coliform level of 50 to 240 while total viable counts are 4×10. Other bacterial germs were also found in large content.
Speaking to a digital media outlet Pakistan Today, a water scientist Dr Abdul Majeed said that the coliform level, if above zero, is harmful to human health.
“Hepatitis C, gastro diseases and especially a chance of death if using by someone using these mentioned mineral waters and according to national and international standards these water samples are not only contaminated but a high risk to human health” – he said, speaking to the said source.
Quality of bottled water and operating brands have come under scrutiny in the past as well. However, despite the bans, they continue to be sold openly in the market.
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