Singapore bans bottled water from second Malaysian manufacturer

The Singapore Food Agency says the latest detection was made following a recent surveillance. (AFP pic)

SINGAPORE: Another consignment of bottled drinking water imported from Malaysia has been found with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common environmental bacteria, here.

In a circular to bottled water importers, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said that following its recent surveillance, consignments of bottled drinking water from Malee Mineral Water Sdn Bhd were detected with the bacteria.

It said import of bottled drinking and mineral water from the manufacturer has been stopped.

It was the second case of imported bottled water from Malaysia found with the bateria. On June 12, SFA said it had detected the presence of the bacteria in “Starfresh” bottled drinking water during a routine sampling.

The product was imported from Malaysia by Radha Exports Pte Ltd.

According to SFA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa can be found in faeces, soil, water and sewage. It can multiply in water environments and also on the surface of suitable organic materials in contact with water.

The use or consumption of products contaminated with the bacteria can cause a range of infections but rarely serious illness in healthy individuals, it said.