Posted August 9, 2012

Makers of Mineral Water Containing Lithium Warned

On July 20, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Lithia Mineral Water, Inc. declaring Lithia mineral water product to be an approved drug following a 2011 facility inspection. A review of the company’s website found statements that constitute drug claims, including suggestions Lithia mineral water could treat blood pressure, infections, dementia and autism, and prevent cancer and increase life-span.

Additionally, the FDA’s warning stated that the product’s packaging and labeling cause Lithia water to be classified as a food, rather than a dietary supplement. As such, the water does not meet standards set for food additives.

Lithia mineral water contains lithium bicarbonate, ionic mineral salts, silicates, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and selenium. The product label states that “actively charged ionic colloidal silver 2 PB” is added to the water. Actively charged ionic colloidal silver is not approved as a food additive.

See’s Encyclopedia of Natural Products articles on Lithium and Silver and Reviews of Cancer Prevention Supplements and Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements for tests of related products.

For more details regarding the FDA’s warning letter, use the link below.