3 Bottled Water Brands Banned For Containing Bacteria

Earlier this month, Singapore authorities banned Starfresh bottled water after samples of it contained a bacteria that can cause rashes and fever.

Starfresh Bottled Water Recalled In S’pore; Bacteria Found Causes Rashes & Pneumonia

 

On Friday (28 Jun) the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) revealed that traces of the same bacteria were found in bottled water from Malee Mineral Water — another Malaysian manufacturer.

Banned imports of 3 lines of bottled water

A bacteria named Pseudomonas aeruginosa was recently found in consignments of bottled water from Malee.

Following the discovery, the authorities have prohibited imports of all bottled water from the manufacturer, with immediate effect.

This ban will affect 3 lines of bottled water:

  • Sukahati
  • Ro Fina
  • Still

The full list of products can be found here.

You can read SFA’s full statement here.

May cause rashes and pneumonia

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacteria that’s common in the environment around us, in places like soil, water, and sewage.

This bacteria is also found in faeces.

Consuming it can lead to a range of infections, but “rarely causes serious illness in healthy individuals”.

Such infections include:

  • Mild fevers
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Ear infections
  • Skin rashes
  • Eye infections

People with compromised immune systems, such as those with anemia and pneumonia, and those recovering from major surgeries have a far greater chance of developing severe illness than healthy people.

Don’t drink water Malee Mineral Water

Needless to say, if you’ve purchased bottled water from any of the 3 lines, don’t drink it.

For more information, feel free to contact SFA at 6805 2990 or via email, at sfa_import&export_foodstuff@sfa.gov.sg.

Featured image from Malee.