SFDA sus­pends pro­duc­tion at 66 wa­ter plants


JED­DAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) sus­pended pro­duc­tion lines at 66 plants pro­duc­ing bot­tled wa­ter and ice across the King­dom for var­i­ous ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties over the past 16 months, mainly for health, build­ing and other prob­lems.

There 750 in­spec­tions, tak­ing place every three months.

The ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in­cluded safety and hy­giene vi­o­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in a lo­cal pub­li­ca­tion on Mon­day. Fines were im­posed, with the plants al­lowed to re­sume pro­duc­tion af­ter cor­rect­ing the prob­lems.

Some of the plants did not have proper open­ings in the walls and ceil­ings, spe­cial en­trances for work­ers, poor ven­ti­la­tion and light­ing, im­proper or lack of as­phalt­ing of roads and court­yards sur­round­ing the plant, and poor hy­giene.

There are 201 plants in the King­dom pro­duc­ing bot­tled wa­ter and ice cubes, in­clud­ing 58 in Riyadh, 36 in Makkah, 41 in the East­ern Prov­ince, five in Tabuk, five in Jazan, 10 in Mad­i­nah, eight in Jouf, 12 in Asir, 15 in Qasim, six in Hail, three in Baha and two in Na­jran.

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