Himalayan natural mineral water, a TATA product made by Mount Everest Mineral Water Limited, earns NSF certification

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Global public health organization NSF International has certified Himalayan brand natural mineral water to its Beverage Quality Certification Program, which tests and certifies beverages, bottled water and packaged ice to verify compliance with national and global standards (e.g. U.S. FDA, EU, WHO, etc.). Himalayan is Mount Everest Mineral Water Limited’s leading brand of natural mineral water. NSF International certification provides regulators and consumers reassurance that NSF certified water has passed testing and plant inspections as well as rigorous safety and quality requirements.

To achieve NSF certification for Himalayan, Mount Everest Mineral Water’s facility in Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India underwent a rigorous audit to verify that the bottling facility met all certification requirements. This included meeting Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), which are internationally recognized standards for food safety. NSF International also tested samples of Himalayan mineral water to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations for Bottled Water for more than 160 impurities including chemicals and inorganic, radiological and microbiological contaminants.

Himalayan mineral water is now certified and authorized to bear the NSF certification mark, and it is included in NSF’s online listings. To maintain NSF certification, Himalayan mineral water must undergo annual product testing and unannounced bottling facility audits that cover every aspect of a bottler's operation, from the source of the water through the disinfection and treatment process, including the container closure process. NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and others to provide certification for bottled water, natural mineral water, beverages, packaged ice and caps and containers.

“NSF certification is a major milestone in our journey to making Himalayan natural mineral water a global reality,” said Mr. Pradeep Poddar, Managing Director and CEO of Mount Everest Mineral Water Limited.

"By earning certification from NSF International for its Himalayan mineral water, Mount Everest Mineral Water demonstrates its commitment to product safety and quality to customers and retailers in India and worldwide," said Jyoti Bhasin, Regional Director of Food Safety and Health Sciences, India and Middle East, NSF International.

In addition to providing product certification and recognition, NSF International provides auditing, label verification, ingredient registration, and testing to verify products meet all regulations and best practices. Other services include certification to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standards and compliance with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements and HACCP. For more information about NSF International’s Beverage Quality Certification Program, visit NSF’s website, email india@nsf.org or call +91 965 003 4551.

Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with an NSF beverage quality expert, please contact Communications Specialist Kelly Ingerly at media@nsf.org or +1 734-827-6850.

About Mount Everest: Founded in 1991, Mount Everest Mineral Water Limited bottles natural mineral water under the brand name Himalayan at its plant at Dhaula Kuan in the Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh, India. The water is sourced from a large pristine and protected aquifer that flows well below the earth’s surface. Himalayan is the only natural mineral water from India that is internationally accepted by the U.S. FDA and the European Union. The company, which is part of the Tata group, also has a facility to manufacture food-grade PET bottles and tamper-proof caps.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. The NSF Beverages and Bottled Water Certification program conducts annual product testing and unannounced bottling facility audits that cover every aspect of a bottler's operation, from the source of the water through the disinfection and treatment process, including the container closure process.Additional NSF International services include food safety (including GFSI) certification, audits and training; dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification; training, testing and consulting for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries; consumer product testing; drinking water certification and safety audits; sustainability solutions; and management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 9001, 22000, 14001).

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