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Foreign Competition in INDIA

First ISI certification to foreign firm

9 Nov 2001, 2101 hrs IST, PTI
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new delhi: bureau of indian standards has granted licence for use of isi mark to a french mineral water company, the first foreign company to receive the quality cerification for packaged water. the licence to use the isi mark, a quality certification for food products, has been granted to sa des eaux minerates devian, bis sources said here. sources said this is the first instance when the isi mark has been given to a foreign company which sells packaged mineral water. bis has so far granted licences to three domestic companies to sell 'natural mineral water'. it has, in addition, granted 293 licences for packaged drinking water until september 2001. the french company sells its mineral water to over 130 countries. it sources its mineral water from the french alps and has a production capacity of six million litres a day.