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This Recalled Grocery Item Is Still Being Sold At "A Number of Retailers," FDA Warns

The FDA cites a "lack of cooperation by the firm" whose water was linked to children's liver illness.
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We applaud the companies that voluntarily recall their products, like the candy brand that recently failed to list an allergen as an ingredient. However, when it comes to ensuring consumer safety, some companies need a good old Erin Brockovich-style whoopin'. Reports are suggesting that an alkaline water brand the FDA recently called into question didn't execute their recall effectively, with key employees now unreachable. Unfortunately, it sounds like this means the product is still available for sale around the country—and putting families at possible risk for illness.

In late March, we reported that drinking Real Water alkaline bottled water had led to several pediatric cases of non-viral hepatitis—a medical condition that led to acute liver failure in at least five children. After an investigation, the Food & Drug Administration called on the manufacturer to remove Real Water from anywhere it was sold. The FDA also advised the public: "Do not drink, cook with, sell, or serve Real Water alkaline water."

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However, on March 31, the FDA was forced to initiate an audit when they discovered that the water was still available for sale through some retailers, who were apparently unaware of the recall. Even worse, the FDA said: "Additionally, as of March 31, 2021, Real Water Inc. is still promoting the product via social media despite issuing a recall announcement."

Pretty incredible, right? Get this: Last Monday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that in the wake of the bottled water recall scandal, some of the company's executives, namely the plant manager and lead technician, had made themselves unavailable for the FDA's investigation. Meanwhile, as of last week, at least seven lawsuits had been filed against the brand.

If you're wondering whether this pertains to a product you bought, Real Water Inc. reports their products are sold in the following formats: as a concentrate, in five-gallon office and home delivery bottles, and in bottles available in 1.5 liter, 1 liter, 500 milliliter and one gallon ready-to-drink bottles. Previously the company stated via the FDA that supplies of Real Water "were distributed throughout the United States," as well as "on a regional basis in the greater Las Vegas, NV area, Northern Arizona, Southern California, Tennessee, Georgia, Chicago, New York, Mississippi, and New Mexico. Real Water is also sold on Amazon.com. In addition, 5-gallon home and office delivery bottles were distributed through direct delivery to homes and offices in the greater Las Vegas, NV area, central California coastal region (North of Los Angeles, CA and South from Santa Barbara, CA), and Phoenix, AZ."

Read more about the children's symptoms in our original report on the Real Water recall, and sign up for our newsletter for the health and grocery news your family needs.

Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants, groceries, and more. Read more
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