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China to review, unify standards for quality of bottled water

May 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

BEIJING, May 3 (UPI) -- China says it is working to unify differing sets of bottled water quality standards in the wake of a public outcry for supervision of the industry.

The China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment -- a state agency in charge of monitoring and assessing food safety risks -- said the country's National Health and Family Planning Commission will finish clarifying four state quality standards related to bottled water by the end of this year.

There had been reports differing standards were being implemented by the bottled water industry under inefficient supervision, China's official Xinhua News Agency said Friday.

There have been public concerns the quality standard of bottled water is lower than that of tap water, Xinhua reported -- concerns that have been rebutted by the risk assessment agency.

The current food safety law and state standards clearly require producers to bottle water that meets the same quality standards as tap water, the agency said in a statement.

A new unified national standard will come out by the end of 2015, it said.

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