The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) put many large and small packaged water-selling firms under the scanner as they have found many of them operating without FSSAI or BIS licences.Out of the 6,000 packaged drinking water bottling units in India, over 4,300 are operating without proper licences. The list includes names, such as, Bisleri, PepsiCo’s Aquafina and Coca Cola’s Kinley.
According to the FSSAI, any packaged drinking water unit has to obtain two licences, one from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and another from the FSSAI, which ensures the safety of the water content and quality standard of the packaging material.
Rise in health awareness and increase in tourist inflow are the reason for high consumption of bottled water in India. It currently stands at around 20 litres, against four-five litres in the late 1990s.