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Posted March 30, 2021
Real Water Alkaline Water Recalled for Possible Link to Liver Illness
On March 24, 2021, Real Water, Inc. recalled all sizes of Real Water bottled alkaline water because it may be linked to multiple cases of non-viral hepatitis that occurred in Las Vegas, NV in November of 2020.
The recall came eight days after the FDA warned consumers about the investigation of five cases of acute non-viral hepatitis that occurred after drinking the bottled water. Each case resulted in acute liver failure in infants and young children from four different homes, and additional people in the households have reported less severe symptoms, such as fever, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue.
Symptoms of hepatitis include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes and jaundice. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their doctor.
Recalled products (see photos) include 1.5 liters, 1 liter, 500 ml, and 1 gallon ready-to-drink bottles that were sold nationwide in stores and on Amazon.com and also directly distributed in the greater Las Vegas, NV area, Northern Arizona, Southern California, Tennessee, Georgia, Chicago, New York, Mississippi, and New Mexico. 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. The recall also includes 4 oz bottles of Real Water Concentrate that were sold on the company's website.
Alkaline water is sometimes promoted to reduce upset stomach, indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (for more about this condition see ConsumerLab's answer to the question: Is it true that low-carb or Mediterranean diets help for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
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