Drinking water is a necessity and it is not always safe to drink the tap water. Therefore one prefers having bottled water. Bottled water is safe due to its packing and durability. But every coin has two sides, things that have health health advantages, sometimes even have many disadvantages.
Today having a packaged drinking water plant seems a good business proposition but before getting into this blooming business, one needs to know many things including the various certifications needed from the government and how to follow the standard set of rules and procedures.
One of the most important things is having the FSSAI certification mark. The FSSAI when abbreviated says “Food Safety and Standards Authority of India”. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the Administrative Ministry for the implementation of FSSAI.
FSSAI certification mark is very important and FSSAI has been mandated by the FSS Act for various yet very important tasks. One of the major tasks is to promote general awareness about food safety and food standards. Other than this the body also collects and collates data regarding food and water consumption, incidence and prevalence of biological risk, contaminants in food or water, residues of various, contaminants in foods and water products, identification of emerging risks and introduction of rapid alert system.
Recently FSSAI has declared that enforcement activities will be stepped up on unauthorized manufacture and sale of packaged drinking water. This is because FSSAI has received a number of reports about the large extent of Food Business Operators that are engaged in manufacturing and sale of packaged water that does not have FSSAI or BIS certification marks. Now you know if you planning to open up a packing drinking water plant, you cannot give FSSAI certification mark a miss. Today when you planning up to open a packaged drinking water plant you need to know that packaged drinking water comes under the category of “food”. It is essentially potable water which is processed and packaged as drinking water in a water manufacturing plant. Before applying for FSSAI license you need a BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification.
Packaged drinking water plant business today is blooming. However one must remember that the water has direct effect on one’s health and therefore it is very important to follow guidelines. That is why it is very important to follow the guidelines laid by both by the FSSAI and BIS. BIS certificate is granted only after water test reports from an NABL certified laboratory finds the water to be within the BIS limits for microbiological, physical and chemical contaminants and only then one can get a FSSAI license. The process is not difficult and it ensures that you are doing no harm to anyone’s health when you manufacture packaged drinking water.