Apr 24, Colombo: The discovery of contaminated plastic bottles used for bottled water during a raid by Sri Lanka's Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has raised alarms among the Sri Lankan consumers on the quality of bottled water in the market.
The Authority has confiscated 500,000 empty plastic bottles from a company that manufactures bottled water in the Kelaniya area.
The CAA officers have said the bottles were confiscated since they were found to be contaminated with kerosene and other chemicals.
The CAA officers told the local media that apart from the empty plastic bottles, the Authority had confiscated 12,000 bottles filled with 1,500 ml of water each and 25,000 bottles filled with 500 ml of water each after finding them to be contaminated with traces of kerosene in them.
The goods confiscated have been valued at Rs. 5 million.
Local media reports said the CAA had managed to trace 25,000 contaminated bottles of water sent out to popular five star hotels in the areas of Nuwara Eliya, Colombo and Mount Lavinia and barred them from being sold.