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Contaminated Water Claims Baseless

11.08.2017
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Contaminated Water Claims Baseless
Several media outlets have reported that the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a warning to American tourists about the consumption of tap water in Hungary. However, the director of Alföldvíz Attila Rung claims there is nothing wrong with the water in Hungary, its quality is checked constantly in accredited laboratories and it is perfectly safe.

Drinking water is of outstanding quality in 95% of the country and may be consumed in every municipality, the Human Resources Ministry confirmed.

The Foreign Ministry is still waiting for a response from the CDC about the origins of its statements. It says that Hungarian drinking water is of outstanding quality and the reports are completely false. The ministry is taking every necessary step to ensure that in co-operation with the relevant Hungarian authorities the Center reviews and corrects its claim at the earliest possible date.

The CDC has also warned visitors about risks related to Hepatitis A, which it said could be contracted from polluted food and water “no matter where one stays or eats” in Hungary.

This is not true, HVG argues; “Hungarian drinking water meets EU standards, though danger from water poisoning does exist”. While the Human Resources Ministry has attempted to minimise its significance Hungary only falls in the mid-range with respect to the presence of arsenic in the water, it added.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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