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UK: Warning about drinking Zam Zam water Written by The behalal team for Home Industry News UK & World Ramadan

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8/7/12  www.food.gov.uk

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With Ramadan beginning shortly, the Food Standards Agency reminds people that they should consider avoiding drinking bottled water described or labelled as Zam Zam water. This is because tests have shown Zam Zam water sold in the UK, or brought into the UK for personal consumption, may contain high levels of arsenic or nitrates.

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UK: Warning about drinking ‘Zam Zam’ water Written by The behalal team for Consumer Health Home Industry News UK & World

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5/8/11 www.foodstandardsagency.gov.uk

zam zamAs Muslims observe Ramadan, the FSA advises that people should consider avoiding drinking bottled water described or labelled as Zam Zam water. This is because tests have shown ‘Zam Zam’ water sold in the UK, or brought into the UK for personal consumption, may contain high levels of arsenic or nitrates.

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‘No arsenic in genuine holy water’, Saudis say Written by The behalal team for Consumer Health Home Industry News UK & World

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9/5/11 BBC

A bottle of Zamzam water
Zamzam water is gathered from a well in Mecca but there is a ban on exporting it from Saudi Arabia

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UK: Contaminated Zam Zam holy water from Mecca sold in UK Written by The behalal team for Consumer Health Home Industry News UK & World

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5/5/11 www.bbc.co.uk

By Guy LynnBBC News

A bottle of Zam Zam water
Zam Zam water is gathered from a well in Mecca but there is a ban on exporting it from Saudi Arabia.

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H2Oh? Zam Zam water, what you should know. Written by The behalal team for Health

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In July 2010, the Food Standards Agency(FSA) stated that “In the absence of any authoritative data on the composition of genuine Zam Zam water it is not possible for UK Authorities to confirm whether water purchased in the UK or brought into the UK as a personal import is genuine Zam Zam water or not.”

Zam Zam water first came to the media spotlight in 2005, following Muslim community representatives who attended the FSA’s Muslim Organisation’s Working Group over concerns of Zam Zam water increasingly being found on sale and that it may be fake. The water was tested and failed to meet UK legislation for Arsenic levels which were found to be twice the levels permitted. The FSA contacted the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Office of the Commercial Attache in London who issued a letter to state that “Zam Zam water is listed by Saudi Customs amongst the prohibited commodities for export. It is also not allowed to officially trade in Zam Zam water within or outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” In October 2005, the FSA issued a media release alerting consumers not to drink this water due to the health risk posed of cancer and instructed Port Health authorities and local council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standard Departments to check for this dubious water on sale and take appropriate action.

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