Sri Lanka cracks down on sub-standard water bottling

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce said it would introduce standards for bottled water from next month after detecting more than two dozen brands using low-quality plastic.

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) under the ministry will be enforcing plastic mineral water bottling standards starting 1 September 2016, a statement said.

Only plastic bottles bearing the Sri Lanka Standards Institution’s SLS product certification mark could be made and sold in the future.

“The CAA has detected that a number of brands are using low-quality Polymer/Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles,” said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.

“They affect the quality of drinking water in them. In 2014 and 2015, CAA detected a total of 26 brands with questionable bottle quality.”
(COLOMBO, August 22, 2016)

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