‘Tatcha’ water cream is a ‘baddie’
Tatcha is an Australian water softener which is the official water of Ireland and is widely used worldwide, but the Irish Water says it is a baddie.
Water softeners have a long history in Ireland, but in recent years the department of the environment has come under fire from campaigners and residents who are concerned about the environmental impact of the product.
In recent months, water softening has become a hot topic in Ireland after it was reported that some water softners in Ireland use a chemical called dimethylsulfonyl chloride, which is linked to the toxic effects of lead and arsenic.
The water softened drinks from Tatchas are sold in a number of stores across the country, including the popular Tesco supermarket.
“There is a long-standing issue about Tatcho’s use in Ireland that has been around for a long time and we have always done a lot of research into it,” said Michael Higgins, Ireland’s water softing commissioner.
“However, we also recognise that it’s a big problem in the country and we are working with the Irish Food and Water Management Authority (IFMA) and other bodies to try and bring it under control.”
The Irish Water has responded to concerns by stating that it is not involved in the use of Tatchos in Ireland.
But the department said the water softner has a long tradition in Ireland and was used for centuries before the water became the official state water.
The water softeners are sold at Tesco, Lidl, Waitrose and other major supermarkets across Ireland.
A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We are committed to supporting Irish agriculture and industry.
We have no direct involvement in Tatchay or any other Irish products.”
Tatchara is an Italian water soft drink made by Diapira, a subsidiary of Italy’s Mondelez International.
Tatcharelli is a brand of water softensers, which are made by the firm Diapiri.
According to the Department of Environment, the water softened drinks have an average weight of 14.9g and a volume of 12.4ml.
Tatcharellas are widely used in Italy.
The Department of Food and Agriculture says it has no plans to phase them out in Ireland due to the high level of demand.