Audit: Michigan Agriculture department not following regulations on bottled water

bottled waterA state department is not in compliance with regulations on bottled water inspections. That’s the result of a state audit released today.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is in charge of registering and inspecting water bottles and water dispensing machines in the state.

The audit found the department did not fully comply with its policy on routine inspections of bottles and dispensaries.

The audit also says there could be undetected contamination issues if the state doesn’t put procedures in place to ensure that water from dispensers is periodically tested for water quality standards.

Jennifer Holton is with the agriculture department.

“We didn’t meet our own policy standards, but there weren’t any laws violated. Food safety and protecting public health is the hallmark of our department.”

Holton says the department has plans in place to fix the problems found in the audit.