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Zam Zam sold by major retailer

Stuart Spear12/07/2017 - 16:35

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DamasGate in the Uxbridge Rd
DamasGate in the Uxbridge Rd

A major retailer opposite Shepherds Bush Mosque in West London has been found selling potentially contaminated sacred water targeted at the Muslin community.

EHOs from Hammersmith and Fulham Council investigated the sale of Zam Zam water from DamasGate supermarket 81-85 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherds Bush, in west London following a tip off.

DamasGate is a leading Mediterranean food wholesaler supplying cash & carries, supermarkets, restaurant suppliers and ethnic shops across the UK and Ireland. The Uxbridge Road shop serves a large Asian and European community in the Shepherds Bush area.  

Zam Zam is considered to be sacred water for Muslims that is supposed to originate from a holy well in the city of Mecca. However, genuine Zam Zam water is regulated by Saudi Arabian authorities and is not allowed to be exported for sale.  

This makes all Zam Zam water for sale in the UK of suspect origin and is of particular concern given that consignments found previously by EHOs have been contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrate and arsenic.

A spokesperson for Hammersmith and Fulham told EHN: ‘We were alerted to a complaint and provided information and advice to the business involved as a result the product is no longer on sale and samples have been sent for public analysis.’ 

The Food Standard Agency has in the past issued warnings to the Muslim community to avoid drinking Zam Zam and has called on local authorities to be alert to the illegal trade.

Criminal gangs are thought to particularly target the Muslim community during Ramadan when demand for the sacred water increases. The holy festival ended this year on 24 June.

As reported in EHN last month there have been particular concerns this year after Saudi authorities closed down illegal bottling plants where criminal gangs bypass public health checks while producing fake and illegal Zam Zam from unknown sources.   

Thousands of bottles of adulterated Zam Zam were destroyed. The trade in illegal Zam Zam is estimated to generate vast profits for criminal gangs with the trade peaking during Ramadan but continuing throughout the year.   






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