A bottled water company, Drinkstar Enterprise, was fined only S$3,500 (US$2,600) for operating an unlicensed water bottling facility.
Richard Lim Lian Chye, the owner of Drinkstar Enterprise, had admitted to carrying out the illegal water bottling activities by filling up 19-litre water bottles with tap water from the toilet at the firm’s premises.
Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said its officers conducted an inspection at the premises of Drinkstar Enterprise on December 2019 following feedback from a member of the public. They found several empty 19-litre water bottles and water dispensers. The company was found to fill-up the 19-litre bottles with tap water from the toilet. The bottled water was then sold to its customers to fulfill the firm’s outstanding sales orders.
At that time, SFA instructed Lim to stop the water bottling activities and recalled the bottled water from its customers. SFA stressed that the illegal bottling of water at unlicensed facilities poses a food safety risk.
In Singapore, all water bottling facilities must be licensed and are required to meet SFA requirements and food safety standards. These licensed premises are also routinely inspected by SFA.
Perhaps, SFA should consider raising the penalty (fine) to deter businesses from making such offences again.