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Civic bodies told to test mineral water samples

The Times of India News Service

RAJKOT: In a major crackdown against adulteration, the state government has instructed all municipal corporations in the state to collect samples of mineral water of various brands and a sample of new Lipton Tiger tea for testing. The move follows complaints against the quality of these products.

Sources at Rajkot Municipal Corporation say these samples would be tested and the reports would be sent to the food and drugs department in Gandhinagar.

The sources claimed that severe steps would be taken against the those involved, in case any inconsistency or deviation from the quality standard was found. The RMC has also received instructions to collect and test samples of food items sold near schools and colleges.

Assistant commissioners and local health department officials have also been involved in the drive against adulteration. The main crackdown is on a number of mineral water brands which have been accused of reusing contaminated bottles and filling them up with ordinary water.

RMC officials said apart from the mineral water bottles, the mineral water pouches produced locally were done under highly suspect conditions.

As far as food-products sold near schools are concerned, the test will be for use of prohibited colours. The main food items to be tested are coloured candy, peppermint, cnadyfloss.

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