Packaging of bottled water in residential areas to be banned: report

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ISLAMABAD: Though currently a number of companies carry out bottled water packaging in residential areas and even small shops, the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has decided that from July 1 the packaging can only be done at commercial or industrial plots not less than one kanal, as reported by a local media outlet. 

This was stated by PSQCA Director Yaseen Akhtar at a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Science and Technology chaired by MNA Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema on Monday.

The committee was discussing The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (Amendment) Bill 2017 moved by MNA Mohammad Muzamil Qureshi. The bill says companies should highlight ingredients in their products and ensure quality.

However, the discussion was diverted towards the quality of bottled water.

Mr Akhtar claimed that the department was taking steps to ensure the quality of different products.

“We have made a policy on drinking water. In the past, companies used to operate on the rear sides of houses and small shops.