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ALERT ON IMPORTED ZAM ZAM WATER

www.mcb.org.uk

The Food Standards Agency is advising consumers to be aware of the fraudulent sale of Zam Zam water that may pose a food safety risk. A brand of fraudulent Zam Zam formally marketed by unscrupulous enterprises sampled by the London Borough of Westminster has been found to contain almost three times the permitted level of arsenic. This could contribute to increasing people’s risk of cancer. The local authority has taken action to prevent further sale of the product from the outlet. In addition they have contacted the importer of the water to ensure that they cease to import the product. No other outlets are known to have stocked this product.

The Chair of the MCB’s Health & Medical Committee, Dr Shuja Shafi notes “Muslims in Britain appreciate the efforts of the FSA in this investigation and the MCB will take the necessary steps to alert the community of the hazard”.

The MCB also appreciates the role played by Dr Yunes Teinaz, Principal Environment Health Officer, London Borough of Hackney , for his efforts in this regard.

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