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Microbiological Safety of Bottled Water (10NS2)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The purpose of this study was to examine bottled water for sale in Ireland for the presence of E. coli, enterococci, coliforms and P. aeruginosa

This survey investigated the microbiological safety and quality of bottled water at manufacturing level and on retail sale in Ireland by testing for the presence of Escherichia coli, enterococci, coliforms and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

To protect the safety and quality of bottled water, manufacturers should review their food safety management systems to ensure their product complies with the legislative microbiological criteria for bottled water.

Manufacturers should also ensure their product complies with all legislative labelling requirements so that they provide consumers with sufficient information about the product. Importers of bottled water should ensure that the bottled water they place on the market in Ireland complies with the microbiological criteria and specific labelling requirements of European Communities (Natural Mineral Waters, Spring Waters and Other Waters in Bottles or Containers) Regulations, 2007.