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Specify contaminant level in water used for food, says FSSAI expert panel

An expert committee on water constituted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed that standards should specify the “maximum contaminant level acceptable for the water as an ingredient of food” and the adjacent column of “permissible limit” in the absence of “alternate source” to be deleted.

Also, with regard to the pesticide residues it has been suggested to prescribe limit of total pesticide residue of 0.0005 mg/lt as prescribed in packaged drinking water standards.

As per the FSS (licensing and registration of food business operators) Regulations, 2011, it is mandatory to provide analyst’s report of water to be used as an ingredient of food while applying for license to state/ Central licensing authority.

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The Expert’s Thought: As the quality of our water deteriorates, we expect that people will more and more need to/want to test the quality of their drinking and other water.