With Ramadam beginning shortly, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reminding 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.
Zam Zam water is sacred to Muslims and comes from a specific source in Saudi Arabia. Under Saudi law, Zam Zam water cannot be exported from Saudi Arabia for sale. Any water on sale in the UK that is labelled as Zam Zam is therefore of uncertain origin.
Tests carried out on water described as Zam Zam in the UK over the past few years, including water brought into the country for personal consumption, have indicated the presence of arsenic at almost three times the legal limit.
Muslims need to be aware of the health risks associated with drinking this water. Drinking Zam Zam water that is contaminated with arsenic could contribute to increasing people’s risk of cancer, the FSA said.
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