Thursday, 21 May 2015

NAFDAC Finds Heavy Metal, Microbe In Sachet Water

NAFDAC Finds Heavy Metal, Microbe In Sachet Water
Found this interesting writeup on Leadership and thought i should share.
A laboratory analysis of packaged water by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) across 21 states has found traces of heavy metals in sachet water sold in many states.
However, NAFDAC assured that it was working to bring both sachet and bottled water to meet compliance levels.
This was disclosed at the presentation of a study by Emmanuel Osiegbu who is the principal consultant of the contracting firm.

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii said the analysis “has given insight into what’s happening in water in different regions.”
He said, “The analysis establishes maximum limits above which presence of metals or other substances in packaged water will be considered harmful, and factories whose products do not meet the standards will not get renewal.”
Researchers sampled treated water from some 3811 factories and found traces of arsenic in 10 per cent of cases in Abuja, though less than two of them exceeded limits recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Lower traces of arsenic were found in treated water from Nasarawa, Kogi, Edo and Lagos.
Researchers found the highest presence of nitrate in Kebbi State, though they said nitrate there could be explained by boreholes sited near farms with heavy fertilizer use.

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