The Jakarta Post
The Industry Ministry has assured the public that all bottled drinking water products on the market have met quality standards and received distribution permits from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).
The statement, delivered by the ministry’s agro industry director general, Panggah Susanto, on Saturday, was made in response to a recent study released by the State University of New York at Fredonia and Orb Media Network that found “widespread contamination" of microplastics in bottled drinking water.
Panggah said the ministry had issued regulations on the Indonesia National Standard (SNI) for bottled drinking water in Ministerial Regulation No. 78/2016.
“The preparation of the SNI for bottled drinking water products was done by a technical committee that was made up of many different stakeholders, including the government, academics and experts in food security, members of the community, and producers,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.
He said the domestic bottled water production process was routinely monitored, starting from raw water up to the packaging of the final product.
He added further studies should be performed on the effect of microplastics on human health.
“Currently, there is no set quality standard, testing methods, or maximum microplastic content in food and beverage products, including bottled water,” he said. “There is also no comprehensive global study on the effects of microplastics on the body that can be used as a reference.” (kmt/waw)