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Drinking water most contaminated item in Nepal, says agency

Sep 13, 2012

If you are totally dependent on bottled drinking water in your home or office, you have to be very careful. Findings of Nepal’s department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) show almost 66 percent of processed drinking water supplied in the market is contaminated.

This alarming fact came to light when the department made public its report on inspections carried out in fiscal year 2011/125 on Wednesday.  The department had collected 79 samples of bottled water for investigation from different parts of the country during the year. Of those, 52 samples were found contaminated, said Madan Kumar Chapagain, food investigation officer at DFTQC.

That is not all. Almost 54 percent of milk and milk products tested during the year were found contaminated.
The summary of findings distributed at a function further cites that some 27 percent of fats and edible oils were not fit for consumption. “About 19 percent of total samples of sweets, honey and confectionaries tested during the year were contaminated. Eighteen percent of cereal products 16.7 percent of salt and 13 percent of other foods categories such as energy drinks, weaning foods and glucose powder too were found contaminated,” said Chapagain.

How ever, food products and tea were found to be free from contamination. DFTQC had tested a total of 807 samples of above mentioned commodities. Of them, 156 samples were found to be adulterated.

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