KARACHI - The citizens during Ramadhan should not buy the mineral water and cooking oil which have failed their standard test and their named are published under the Non-Conformity Test Report by the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA). The brands for bottled water that have Non-Conformity Test Report are Pride Plus, Fission Brand, Evia, Oslo, Manna, Glacier, Best Water, Aala Pure Drop, Al-Habib, Montanna, Pak Life, and Pure & Fine, while most of the brands contain E.col, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Coliform, TPC 40 C F4, and Fecal Coliform. They have , besides bad odour and taste. Mineral water is not permitted to contain E. coli or fecal coliform bacteria, and it must be filtered and disinfected, or it must have strict pollution controls. Bottled water which is sold as pure in itself, but the fact is that nearly 40 percent of bottled water is tap water with added minerals or filtration and there is no guaranteed safety because it is wrapped in plastic, and in fact there is some risk. It is worthy of note that water bottles, though cleaned, are not sterilised, and relatively low amounts of bacteria at bottling can multiply to a much larger problem by the time bottles hit store shelves, moreover, bottled water frequently is not chlorinated, allowing bacterial and fungal growth within the bottle. These bottles can cause trouble, besides the environmental havoc they create, as Phthalate is a chemical used to soften plastics and make it less brittle. But when heated, even from a hot day in the car, they begin to leach into the contents of the bottle. Phthalates can cause reproductive difficulties, liver problems and increased risk of cancer. Moreover, the list of Non-Conforming Brands/Products for Cooking Oil & Banaspati include brands Fajar, Kunri, Chilton, Super Habib, New Umda, Bano, Mofi & Tabish, Bolan, Asal, and Hina and they failed on having Peroxide Value 14, 12, 23.9, Vitamin A not detected, Iodine Value (116), Vitamin A (100000), and having Nickel. It is strange to come to know that such brands are still available with the markets all over the country, and a huge number of masses use them on daily basis which is a great risk to their health as they are prone to severe diseases. The government has been spending a lot in health sector but the fact is that they do not have proper control over distribution of such disastrous brands which are in daily use of the masses. The city government should at least publish the names of brands that have failed standardisation tests by PSQCA along with the price lists. It should also warn the retailers not to sell such banned brands, which will also prove the worth of PSQCA that is given funds by the government to carry out researches and tests against the brands containing harmful elements for the human health.