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M'sian Water Brand Malee Says They Are Working With Health Ministry To Probe The Incident

Singapore has banned the import of all bottled drinking and mineral water from Malee Mineral Water after bacteria was found in its recent samples.

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Malee Mineral Water, the Malaysian bottled water brand that was banned by Singapore after bacteria was found in its samples, has released a statement, saying they are working with Ministry of Health Malaysia and Singapore's food agency to probe the incident

"We are currently working with the Ministry of Health Malaysia and Singapore Food Agency to fully investigate this incident," Pek Woei Yi, director of Malee said in a statement released to media today, 30 June.

"Please be assured that we are doing everything in our capacity to resolve this matter."

According to Malee, its products Sukahati, Ro Fina and Still are not related to the incident and are not distributed in Singapore

The Malaysian bottled water brand said that the company takes all cases very seriously.

"All manufacturing processes and corrective actions are taken in line with HACCP and ISO22000 Food Safety Management System that we adhere to in our daily production."

Bottled water products manufactured by Malee, which the company clarified were not distributed in Singapore.

Image via Malee

Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said the ministry would need more information to carry out the investigation as they noticed that some of the Malee products are sold locally

"We need more information on the product as to what batch was affected and the source of the problem," the Deputy Health Minister was quoted as saying by Bernama.

"If the products which are sold domestically are affected, we will immediately do a product recall," he told a press conference at the Vegetable Retailers Association dinner in Kuala Lumpur last night, 29 June.

The Deputy Health Minister has promised to take action against Malee according to the Food Act 1983 if it was found to be at fault

According to him, the Health Ministry is working closely with the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry to encourage all the relevant industries to use the track and trace system to ensure food products are clean and safe.

"With the track and trace system, we can ensure the process of distributing food products, from packaging to logistics until delivery, is safe.

"From the system, if any problem of cleanliness occurs, we need to recall to see where the product has gone to which outlet or market and from there we can detect the cause of it," Bernama reported Dr Lee Boon as saying.

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