Infectious bacteria found in toilet paper

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 October, 2013, 4:37pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 October, 2013, 5:02pm

A manufacturer has recalled a type of toilet paper it produces after the Consumer Council found that it contained a bacteria that could cause infection to an open wound or broken skin.

The council said on Tuesday that it had tested 25 types of toilet paper from various different brands recently and found that a type manufactured under the brand BBB was contaminated with the bacteria, hemolytic streptococci.

Professor Michael Hui King-man, chairman of the council’s publicity and community relations committee, said that no aseptic procedure was performed during the manufacture and packing of this type of toilet paper, which the council bought in a pharmacy and was not a popular brand.

The council has already informed the Customs and Excise Department about its findings.

The manufacturer has removed this batch of paper from store shelves, improved its manufacturing process and new batches of the paper do not contain the bacteria.