The Saudi Food and Drug Authority published, on its account on the social networking site Twitter, a number of warnings about the consumption of some types of food.

These warnings included the 250ml beaker water, which was made in Saudi Arabia, due to exceeding the permissible limit for the presence of bromate in it.

The Saudi Authority clarified that the corrective measures for this include:

  • stop production lines
  • Obligating the factory to withdraw its products from the local markets in Saudi Arabia
  • Ensure that the factory adheres to the allowed amount of bromate before agreeing to return to work.

She also indicated that consumers should refrain from drinking this water at the present time and get rid of the quantities they have.

As for the second warning, it was for Al-Hada water of 330ml, which is manufactured in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, and for the same reason as before, i.e. the presence of unauthorized amounts of bromate.

She called on consumers not to consume this water either.

What is bromate?

To clarify the issue, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority explained that bromate is originally a substance called bromide, and it is naturally present in water.

But as a result of water exposure to sterilization and ozone treatment, bromide turns into bromate.

Many scientific studies have proven that bromate has negative effects on health, so it is necessary to limit its quantity in water as much as possible.