ALERT ON IMPORTED ZAM ZAM WATER
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.