Evaluation Of Sachet Water Samples In Owerri Metropolis
AbstractPhysical, chemical and microbiological analyses were used to determine the wholesomeness status of water sealed in polyethylene sachets, in Owerri metropolis. Fifteen different brands of sachet water were collected and analyzed. The study revealed that about 4 brands sampled did not meet the recommended WHO standard for taste while the chemical analyses showed that all the brands met the recommended standards. Microbiological analyses revealed that 9 brands had total plate count above 100 cfu/ml of sample. 6 brands were positive for coliforms while 3 brands were positive for E.coli. Other surveys revealed that 12 brands had fake manufactures' address, 2 brands had NAFDAC registration number while 3 brands had genuine manufacturers' address on them. It was discovered that the producers packaged the water from their water source without any form of treatment or analysis on it.
Key words: Sachet water, coliforms, E.coli, standard, analyses.
Nigerian Food Journal Vol.22 2004: 164-170
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