09.12.2022. / 16:35
SARAJEVO – The Institute for Public Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina finally expressed its opinion today about the controversial bottled water in which bacteria were found that should not have been there and announced that it is not authorized to publish the names of the producers of the disputed water.
For three weeks, the public waited for answers to the questions in which it leads, i.e. which manufacturer found the bacteria Escherichia coli, pseudomonas and streptococcus, but she still did not receive answers.
“Since this was not an ‘official control’ at the request of the competent authorities for inspection affairs, we are not authorized to publish the names of the water producers, because our powers end with the delivery of monitoring results to the competent administration for inspection affairs. What we can confirm is that the pollution found is not in an amount that would be harmful to human health, which was clearly emphasized at the press conference.” according to today’s press release.
They state with regret that the Institute’s monitoring activities, whose only goal was to strengthen institutional supervision and prevent potential irregularities in the future, caused public concern, which was not their intention.
In the press release, they state that the Institute conducts targeted preventive monitoring, the task of which is to confirm whether the products available for sale in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are registered, whether the composition corresponds to the declaration on the product and whether they are microbiologically correct.
“That is why the Institute for Public Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina carried out Monitoring of natural mineral, natural spring and table water for drinking, sampled in the territory of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The microbiological correctness was analyzed, as well as whether the composition corresponds to the declaration on the product, and waters that were not previously on the list of recognized spring mineral and table waters that are placed on the market in BiH were also included, which is a prerequisite for the recognition of waters in accordance with the Ordinance on natural mineral and natural spring waters“, they state from this institution.
The Institute for Public Health of the FBiH, with the presence of the chief federal health inspector, informed the public about all this at a press conference held on November 17, 2022. presenting the monitoring results, with the aim of transparently informing the public about the results of their work.
They thank the Federal and Cantonal Administrations for Inspection Affairs for their cooperation and the measures taken, and tell the citizens of the Federation of BiH that they can have full confidence in the legality of work, professionalism and expertise of the responsible services of the Institute for Public Health of the FBiH, whose employees are fully dedicated to protecting public health and which will, regardless of the difficulties they encounter, continue with the preventive targeted monitoring planned in 2023″:
– Determination of the content of toxic compounds – phthalates in imported children’s toys, in cooperation with the Federal Administration for Inspection Affairs (monitoring started in 11/2022);
– Determining the content of iodine in imported and domestically produced salt for human consumption, in cooperation with the Cantonal Administrations for Inspection Affairs;
– Determination of the content of toxic compounds – mycotoxins in kernel nuts from imports and domestic production, in cooperation with the Federal Administration and cantonal administrations for inspection work;
– Determination of the content of toxic compounds – trihalomethanes, as a by-product of water chlorination from the public water supply system for drinking water, in cooperation with public utility companies for water supply in the territory of the Federation of BiH and cantonal administrations for inspection work.
“Competent institutions and the public will be informed in a timely manner about all the activities of the Institute for Public Health of the FBiH that will be carried out in the future”they said.
As a reminder, the Ombudsman for Consumer Protection of Bosnia and Herzegovina requested information about the producers, after which they should have more specific information regarding the case of finding bacteria in bottled water that should not be there.
In addition to them, Admir Čavalić also reacted, who sent a parliamentary question to the Institute for Public Health of the FBiH and the Federal Ministry of Health, which concerns disputed samples of bottled water in which bacteria were found, with a request to say which waters are in question and which producer . Akta.ba
Source: Capital.ba – Informacija je capital by www.capital.ba.
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