25 October 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

On Monday, 21st October the Food Safety Authority of Ireland published a report on its website regarding a recall of certain batches of bottled water, bottled by Celtic Pure due to microbiological contamination. The report read: “Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcior E. coli bacteria were detected in a range of batches of water bottled by Celtic Pure… These implicated batches are unsafe or potentially unsafe and are subject to recall.”

It went on to explain the nature of this potential danger: “Pseudomonas aeruginosa poses a higher risk of complications if consumed by severely immunocompromised people such as those who have undergone transplants or chemotherapy. It rarely causes illness in healthy individuals. “Enterococci and E. coli – their presence in water is considered an indicator that the water has been contaminated with faecal material, however, this does not mean that it will make people sick.”

The action required by manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers and retailers was: “Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batches from sale. Retailers are also advised to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the implicated batches were sold.” Consumers are advised not to drink the implicated bottled waters either. Tables attached to the report listed various affected pack sizes and batch numbers of still and sparking bottled waters namely: Celtic Pure’s own brand, Aldi’s Comragh, Dunne Stores My Family Favourites and Lidl’s Carrick Glen.

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