Bacteria, algae found in some water bottles in Oman
June 7, 2018 | 12:58 PM
by Times News Service
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Muscat: A company was hit with a OMR600 fine after they were caught selling unhygienic and foul smelling water bottles, according to the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP).

The discovery was made after a complaint was filed by a customer, who said that bad smelling water with impurities was being sold by a packaging and water distribution company. Containers of the water were seized by inspectors in the governorate of Al Dhahirah and random samples were taken to determine the validity of the complaint. Lab tests verified the presence of bacteria and algae, which are not suitable for human consumption.

The distributor was hit with a OMR600 administrative fine in accordance with Article 21 of the Executive Regulations of the Consumer Protection Law.

In a statement online, the PACP called on "all merchants and suppliers to abide by the Sultanate's Consumer Protection Law and its executive regulation by verifying the validity of goods and products, and ensuring they do not pose any harm or risk to consumers or their money".

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