Water Bottles Recalled Nationwide

Water Bottles Recalled Nationwide
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(DailyDig.com) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated a recall for water bottles in March. The original recall affected over 70 thousand cases of bottled water from Fiji. The concern is that bottles of Fiji Natural Artesian Water contained manganese along with three other bacterial genera, according to the FDA.

The updated recall issued on May 23 changed it to a Class III classification. The FDA views Class III as a less severe condition where exposure to or use of a product is unlikely to cause detrimental effects on one’s health. In contrast, Class I is a condition in which exposure to or use of a product will have a serious detrimental effect on one’s health, even to the possibility of death.

In March, Fiji responded to social media queries about the March recall by identifying the bottles in question. The recalled bottles included 24-pack cases of select FIJI Water 500mL sold by Amazon.com with the following production dates: 11-11-23, 11-12-23, 11-13-23, 11-24-23, and 11-25-23.

An updated statement from a Fiji spokesperson linked the FDA’s updated classification to the March recall, aimed at assuring consumers of no health risk. Only one company sold the affected product, resulting in 99 percent of the bottles being returned. The other one percent is still in the warehouse and will soon be returned.

The statement continued to state that Fiji holds no greater priority than the quality and safety of the water it sells. None of the bacteria or manganese found in the Fiji water recalled in March put any consumer at risk of safety or health concerns. The spokesperson stressed that the Fiji brand regularly tests all its water products to ensure consumers enjoy the fresh taste they anticipate.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define manganese as a requirement, in small amounts, to remain healthy. Excess manganese levels can occur by breathing air, eating food, or drinking water.

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