Under the Epidemic Situation, Bottled Water is Safer to Drink

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Strengthening the management of bottled water by multiple regulatory departments

A coronavirus diagnosed male patient was confirmed in the Southern District of Liuzhou, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, according to a notice issued by the health and Health Committee in February. The man was engaged in the distribution of bottled water and gas cans. Then it caused netizens to discuss whether it was safe to pack drinking water cans, whether it was possible for distribution personnel to cause cross infection, and whether the buckets were thoroughly disinfected after repeated use. During the epidemic, consumers pay attention to the use of masks, the sterilization of takeout and express delivery, and the safety of packaged drinking water.


Many regulatory departments strengthen the management of bottled water


Compared with the difficulty of bottled water entering the household in special period, food safety is the main challenge faced by bottled water when consumers' health needs are prominent.


The reporter looked up the official websites of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou municipal market supervision and Administration Bureau and the Consumer Protection Commission, and searched the 5 gallon barreled drinking water as the key words. After combing, it was found that in the reported barreled water problems, the total number of bacteria exceeded the standard frequently, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and mould and yeast exceeded the standard. Secondly, there are many problems of high conductivity. It is reported that conductivity reflects the purity of water quality and production control level. High conductivity means that the production process of purified water is not qualified and the purity is not enough. In addition, the connection indexes of barreled mineral water, such as metasilicic acid and strontium, are not up to the standard, that is, its composition does not meet the requirements of the national standard of "drinking natural mineral water". In addition, some brands also have problems such as poor sealing and material quality of plastic bottled water, which lead to air entry.


In addition, according to consumer reports and statistics, from 2014 to 2018, 2350 batches of unqualified bottled water were detected by the state and provincial food and drug administration, among which Jiangxi, Anhui and Guangdong became the provinces with the most unqualified bottled water, with the number of unqualified bottled water reaching 300, 212 and 165 respectively.

During the outbreak of coronavirus, many departments concerned also noticed the quality and safety risks of bottled water, involving many links from production, distribution to recycling. As early as January 29, Beijing packaging and drinking water industry association issued an initiative to temporarily sell bottled water off the shelves, replace it with disposable packaging water, strengthen product quality control, improve product inspection frequency, and avoid cross infection caused by repeated use of turnover barrels. On February 3, the office of the leading group for epidemic prevention of Zibo City, Shandong Province issued a document requiring that the empty buckets after use shall not be recycled in the medical institutions, centralized isolation places and families isolated at home, such as the use of barreled drinking water, so as to only deliver water without returning the buckets, and to put an end to the possible cross pollution caused by the turnover of empty buckets. On February 9, the Kunming Consumer Association of Yunnan Province reminded users that after taking the bottled water home, it is better to wipe the bottle body and bottom with alcohol or water. On February 14, Tianjin Xiqing District Market Supervision Bureau destroyed the "black dens" of bottled water production. Novel coronavirus transmission risk was also reduced in February 26th by the Lvliang municipal government of Shanxi. 


At present, relevant departments or institutions in Guangzhou have not put forward requirements or initiatives on the safety of bottled water during the epidemic, but the quality and safety of bottled water involve multiple links such as water source, canning, transportation, storage, loading and unloading, and any link of nonstandard or illegal operation can cause water quality problems. In the special environment during the epidemic, consumers should pay special attention.



Precautions for drinking bottled water

According to the information of Guangzhou market supervision and management department, consumers should pay attention to five aspects when purchasing and drinking bottled water: first, check whether the end of the barrel is sealed, for example, if the end is not sealed, the water is easy to be polluted by bacteria; second, check whether the water quality in the barrel is clear and whether there are suspended substances. If there are suspended substances, foreign matters or turbidity in the water in the barrel, it means that the water quality is polluted and cannot be drunk; Third, we should try our best to select the water in the new barrel, because the old barrel will be used for a long time, and the inner wall will not be smooth, especially the barrel for storing mineral water. The inner wall is easy to produce mineral precipitation, not easy to clean, and will breed bacteria. Fourth, we should pay attention to the production date of the product, and try our best to drink the products produced in the near future. Once the barrel is opened, we should drink them as soon as possible, otherwise the water quality will be easily polluted by bacteria in the air; Fifth, the water dispenser should be placed in a clean and ventilated environment, cleaned and disinfected with disinfectant regularly to ensure the sanitation of the water dispenser.


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