Trading Standards is advising people in Lancashire against drinking bottled water, described or labelled as Zam Zam water, amid concerns it may contain high levels of the poison arsenic.
Zam Zam water is sacred to Muslims and comes from a specific source in Saudi Arabia.
Under Saudi law, it cannot be exported from Saudi Arabia. Any water on sale in the UK labelled as Zam Zam is therefore of uncertain origin.
Paul Noone, Lancashire County Council’s chief trading standards officer, said: “We have recently been made aware of a large consignment of Zam Zam water being imported into Lancashire.
“We are working with the businesses involved to ensure that it is not sold on for human consumption. However, we also want to remind people of the risks associated with this sacred water.”
If consumers find any water on sale that is labelled as Zam Zam, they should contact Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.