Safe Han­dling Mat­ters

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Test -

Do you know that it’s good prac­tice to en­sure that the open­ing of your 20-litre bot­tle is cleaned/sani­tised be­fore it is mounted on your wa­ter dis­penser?

In In­done­sia, where the bot­tled wa­ter mar­ket is al­most twice that in In­dia, most brands pro­vide free wet-wipe sa­chets to en­able clean­ing and dis­in­fect­ing of the bot­tles be­fore they are placed on a wa­ter dis­penser.

This prac­tice is to­tally miss­ing in In­dia and is a cause for worry owing to dirty han­dling and stor­age con­di­tions in the trade. Brands big and small can, and ought to, take min­i­mal steps to in­cor­po­rate clean han­dling at their end and also ed­u­cate and fa­cil­i­tate the same at the con­sumers’ end.

As con­sumers, we need to make sure that the bot­tle open­ing is suit­ably sani­tised. Su­per­vise your house­hold staff if they are re­spon­si­ble for switch­ing out the wa­ter bot­tles in your dis­penser. They may not un­der­stand the im­por­tance of thor­oughly wip­ing the top of the bot­tle and may need some ex­pla­na­tion and demon­stra­tion on how to cor­rectly wipe and re­place the bot­tle.

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