Shoura tells SFDA to ensure safe drinking water

Shoura tells SFDA to ensure safe drinking water
Updated 31 January 2014

Shoura tells SFDA to ensure safe drinking water

Shoura tells SFDA to ensure safe drinking water

Shoura members have come down heavily on factories producing water following detection of high levels of bromate, a carcinogenic substance, in the water samples taken from these factories for analysis by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.
The members called on the authority to put its logo on any product authorized and examined by the body. They demanded that the authority post on its website the medical devices authorized for use, similar to international procedures.
During the Shoura’s discussion on the report submitted by the Authority, Dr. Hayat Sindi demanded of the ministries of Health and Finance to ensure smooth functioning of the Authority by providing enough staff and laboratories. “The General Authority for Food and Drug is responsible for the health of our citizens,” said Sindi.
Another member, Dr. Elham Hasanain, said 32 percent of the samples taken for analysis were found to have high levels of bromate. “About 83 of the samples were taken from Makkah area where millions of pilgrims and visitors descend every year,” he added.
On another subject, the Shoura Council agreed to consider bringing in amendments to Article 16 of competition and government procurement system.
It also approved the amendments to the seventh article of the internal security system involving cases where security members are authorized to use arms during security missions.