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Fijian healing water a headache for MPI

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/03/2017

Travellers entering the country from Fiji have been warned to not bring in so-called "miracle water" or face the costs.

The Ministry for Primary Industries warning that if the water, sourced from a natural spring in Dawasumu, is discovered the passenger will be slapped with a hefty fine of $400 if it's not declared, or pay around $60 to have it heat treated.

The untreated water is claimed to have healing properties, however this doesn't concern MPI, who says it could contain waterborne diseases.

Border staff have seized "miracle water" from nearly 500 air passengers arriving from Fiji since November.

Notices reminding travellers are in place at Nadi Airport.

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