Groupe Danone has clarified its position over the discovery of excess bacteria levels in a shipment of its Evian bottled water to China.

Speaking to just-drinks today (30 May), a spokesperson for the French company confirmed that 118,000 litres of Evian were stopped by Chinese customs in February, due to the high level of bacteria found in the shipment.

"In China, they do not have many natural waters like Evian, only treated waters," the spokesperson said. "In our kinds of water, the level of bacteria is less important in Europe."

The spokesperson noted that Danone's waters comply with both international and European standards of bacteria content.

"This move has no impact on sales in China," the spokesperson concluded. "Evian sales in the country are very low." The seizure will not affect ongoing sales of Evian in the country, the spokesperson noted.