Distribution and Storage Patterns of Bottled Drinking Water Products Do Not Meet Safety Standards

Suara.com – Bottled drinking water or bottled drinking water products are now a very vital need, especially for urban communities.

Unfortunately, even though the regulations are strictly regulated, consumer protection related to bottled drinking water is still not optimal.

This was revealed by a survey on the distribution and marketing of Reusable Gallon AMDK products conducted by the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI).

“Drinking bottled water products, according to regulations, have been regulated very tightly, from upstream, from the production process, to distribution, to end users. In essence, pre-market control efforts have been very good. However, for consumer protection purposes, pre-market control efforts alone are not enough. “explained the Chairman of the YLKI Daily, sincerely Abadi.

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The survey, which was conducted in the Greater Jakarta area in February 2022, revealed several findings that affect the quality of bottled drinking water when it reaches consumers.

Some of the findings in the survey are:

1. The majority of bottled drinking water is transported using open transport or trucks, 204 shops (61%), using two/three wheels, and open rickshaws for 81 shops (24%), using cars/trucks covered with tarpaulins for 5 shops (1%), and only 42 shops (13)% use closed trucks or cars.

With such a shipping or transportation process, the pattern of transporting bottled drinking water does not meet the standards and the potential for exposure to sunlight is very large.

2. In line with that, in fact, the majority of sellers feel it is important to store bottled drinking water so that they are protected from the sun. However, based on survey observations, there are still 152 stores (45%) of gallon storage for reuse that are at risk of exposure to the sun because they are placed outside the store and 46 stores (14%) of gallon bottled water products that have been exposed to direct sunlight.

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“Improper transportation and storage patterns, due to exposure to sunlight, have the potential to damage the quality of AMDK products, and have the potential to cause migration of certain pollutants in bottled water, including BPA elements, Bisphenol A,” he explained.

3. This pattern of storage and distribution could be triggered by the phenomenon that the majority of bottled bottled water sellers did not receive education on proper and proper storage and sales methods, both from producers of 227 stores (83%), and producer associations of 333 stores (99.7%). ).