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BIS takes action against three ‘packaged water’ units in Pune for illegal use of ISI mark

BIS officials said that Sanidhya food and beverages, Khed; Shilpa beverages pvt ltd at Nanded phata and Amol packaged drinking water, Kedgaon (Daund), were found manufacturing packaged drinking water without having valid licence. Consequently, action was taken against them and a large quantity of 20 litre jars, 1 litre bottles and 500 ml bottles with spurious BIS standard mark were seized during the raids.

pune Updated: Jun 10, 2018 16:49 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Shilpa beverages in Nanded phata, one of the three water packaging units found to be operating without licence.
Shilpa beverages in Nanded phata, one of the three water packaging units found to be operating without licence.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Pune The bureau of Indian standards (BIS) has taken action against three packaged drinking water manufacturing units for illegal use of ‘ISI’ standard mark. This action was followed by a surprise inspection by the BIS at several packaged drinking water plants in and around the city on June 6.

BIS officials said that Sanidhya food and beverages, Khed; Shilpa beverages pvt ltd at Nanded phata and Amol packaged drinking water, Kedgaon (Daund), were found manufacturing packaged drinking water without having valid licence. Consequently, action was taken against them and a large quantity of 20 litre jars, 1 litre bottles and 500 ml bottles with spurious BIS standard mark were seized during the raids.

Sanjay Kumar, head of Pune BIS, said, “Our team then raided manufacturing units in different parts of the city and found three units illegally filling water bottles. Action is being initiated against the offenders under Section 29(4) of the BIS Act, 2016.Samples were collected from respective units and all three units were shut down.”

Navindra Gautam, an official from the BIS Pune branch said that all the three units were using expired licence. Unit owners have to pay around Rs 1 lakh for renewal of licence and therefore there is increasing tendency to run unit without renewing the licence, he said. The BIS licence is given to the manufacturing units only after scrutiny of the unit and testing facility and hygiene checks. Consumption of such non certified packaged drinking water is unsafe and harmful to health, Gautam said.

According to BIS officials,such illegal networks operated from mostly outskirts parts of the city, like small places, small units in rural areas where no officer can track them.This made more difficult for officers to track them.Many times manufactures use ISI tags on their jars or bottles to attract more customers.

Every water bottle which is meant for sold to customers has to be ISI marked and should be certified by bureau of Indian standards as per the department of industrial policy and promotion under the ministry of commerce and industry of central government.

There are only 170 water packaging units with proper ISI licence from the bureau of Indian standards, in Pune city. The BIS has requested the general public to be aware of the illegal packaging of bottled water.