SFA recalls Starfresh bottled drinking water after detection of bacteria found in faeces, sewage

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has recalled Starfresh bottled drinking water after detecting the presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria during a routine sampling of the product.

The product was imported from Malaysia by Radha Exports Pte Ltd and SFA has since directed the importer to recall the implicated products. The recall is ongoing.

The implicated products are the 1.5l Starfresh bottles of water expiring on May 13, 2021, and the 500ml Starfresh bottles of water expiring on May 11, 2021.

Both of the recalled products originate from Malaysia.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common environmental bacteria that 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.

SFA said in a statement on Wednesday (June 12): "Use or consumption of products contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause a range of infections but rarely causes serious illness in healthy individuals."

Those who have the implicated products are advised not to consume them and to seek medical advice if they have concerns about their health.

For enquiries or exchange of product, consumers may contact Radha Exports Pte Ltd at 6220 2777.