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Water pouches of doubtful origin destroyed in Berhampur

The water packets sold in violation of the norms seized by Health officials on Tuesday.

The water packets sold in violation of the norms seized by Health officials on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Officials of the city municipal corporation made raids on sale of drinking water pouches of doubtful origin.

A team led by health officer of the municipal corporation, Sashibhusan Panda, raided shops and kiosks in different parts of the city with the help of a police team. According to Dr Panda their main target was drinking water pouches which did not have vital data including the date of their manufacture printed on them.

The drinking water pouches which did not have date of manufacture printed on them were seized and destroyed.

In drinking water scarce Berhampur city, drinking water at one rupee per pouch sold like hot cakes. Making drinking water pouches has become a cottage industry here.

But usually no one is sure of the quality of water sold in these pouches. These pouches at times claim to be having toned water, jal jeera, flavoured water printed on them while they contain plain water.

The health officials of the municipality said they were worried about the quality of water sold in these pouches as sale of contaminated water through them can lead to epidemics.

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