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Fake Zam Zam scam uncovered

Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail| 31 May 2017| 05 Ramadaan 1438

Thousands of bottles of adulterated Zamzam water have been destroyed and many illegal refilling plants and stores sealed by the authorities in raids across the Kingdom.

The demand for the precious water increases in the holy month of Ramadan as citizens and residents prefer Zamzam water in iftar (the evening meal to break the fast).

Pilgrims also buy large quantities of Zamzam water to take home.

To stop the black market for Zamzam water and to ensure that people and pilgrims get pure Zamzam water, the government has given permission to only authorized stores to sell this precious water. But many unauthorized shops have been found selling Zamzam water mixed with normal water.

Recently the authorities in Madinah seized more than 3,000 bottles of adulterated Zamzam water with the stickers of the King Abdullah Zamzam Water Project from a car park in a residential neighborhood.

The Ministry of Commerce and Investment announced the closure of a factory in Buraidah for refilling Zamzam water bottles with normal water. They found 6,500 bottles of adulterated Zamzam water.

The ministry also found a warehouse in Makkah for storing Zamzam water and selling it to shops. Some 200,000 bottles were destroyed by the ministry and the warehouse was sealed.

In Hail, the ministry found 1,600 bottles of fake Zamzam water.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority warned customers from buying Zamzam water from unauthorized shops.

Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News – 02-06-2017

Zam Zam Water Picture: Supplied Zam Zam Water Picture: Supplied

With Thousands of bottles of Zam Zam water being destroyed and many illegal refilling plants and stores sealed by the authorities in raids across Saudi Arabia, concerns have been raised by South African about the Zamzam they have bought.

The demand for the precious water increases in the holy month of Ramadan as citizens and residents prefer Zamzam water at iftar.

Last year Secretary General of the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa Moulana Ebrahim Bham cautioned Muslims to be wary before buying Zam Zam water in case it may be fake or just ordinary tap water.

A local retailer says he doesn’t want to encourage nor discourage people from buying Zam Zam.

“People must use their discretion when buying Zam Zam, keeping many factors in mind that while in Saudi Arabia Muslim are only allowed to take out 5 litres of Zam Zam from Kingdom, how are 10 litres of Zam Zam coming out of the kingdom.”

The retailer says the Zam Zam water being imported to South Africa needs to be tested to see if it’s not fake.

Earlier this week questions were also raised about the high cost of Zam Zam water in South Africa with one retailer saying it was a “money making scheme” and that its unlikely that a 10 litre bottle of Zam Zam could cost as much as R400.

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