Through a notification uploaded on 28 February 2018 the FSSAI has asked stakeholders for their suggestions, views, and comments on the draft notification related to standards for Drinking Water offered or sold through water vending machines. The FSSAI has also issued a notice in this regard calling for suggestions, views, and comments from WTO- SPS Committee members within a period of 60 days on this draft notification.
In the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 in regulation BEVERAGES, (Other than Dairy and Fruits & Vegetables based) (2.10) under the category Packaged Drinking Water (other than Mineral Water) the FSSAI has added the following clause.
“6. Drinking water offered or sold through water vending machines shall comply with clause 4 of this sub-regulation.”
Clause 4 states that “Packaged drinking water shall be clear without any sediments, suspended particles, and extraneous matter. Drinking water offered or sold through water vending machines shall also comply with the requirements given in Tables for all of the following parameters
- Microbiological requirement
- Organoleptic and physical parameters
- General parameters concerning substances undesirable in excessive amounts
- Parameters concerning the toxic substance
- Parameters concerning radio-active residues
- Parameters concerning pesticide residues
FSSAI has also drafted changes in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011 which are as follows
In the regulation Prohibition and Restriction on sale of certain products (2.3), in the category “Restrictions relating to conditions for sale” (2.3.14) clause 17 which states that “no person shall manufacture, sell or exhibit for sale packaged drinking water except under the Bureau of Indian Standards Certification Mark” has been changed as provision of carrying the BIS marking does not apply to drinking water sold through vending machines. The previous clause will be replaced with the following
- “No person shall manufacture, sell or exhibit for sale packaged drinking water except under the Bureau of Indian Standards Certification Mark.
Provided that the requirement of Certification Mark of Bureau of Indian Standards shall not apply on the drinking water offered or sold through water vending machines.”