Real Water, a bottled water firm, is under investigation and has been asked by federal authorities to recall all of its products following a series of serious mishaps involving its goods.
According to a report released on May 19 from the Southern Nevada Health District, at least five children suffered acute viral hepatitis. A woman was dead in her 60s for allegedly using the water. In addition, several cases of nausea and vomiting are believed to be related to the products.
Based in Las Vegas, Real Water produces water sold as premium alkaline drinking water in special box-shaped blue bottles touting “E2 Electronic Energy Technology”. The label says it is “infused with negative ions” and offers healthy detoxifying properties.
While the company markets its products as a healthy alternative to tap water, the government alleges that the products actually include municipal tap water that the company has treated with various chemicals that violate applicable good manufacturing practices, relevant food safety standards, and hazard prevention measures.
According to the complaint, FDA inspections revealed: (a) multiple regulatory violations in the companies’ manufacturing processes, including significant deviations from preventative control requirements designed to control the risk of food hazards; and (b) multiple failures to follow current good manufacturing practice requirements for water bottling facilities.
“The Department of Justice will continue to work closely with the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that bottled water and other products we eat and drink are manufactured in compliance with the law,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, who asserted that food and water sold to consumers must be safe.
The company and its president Brent Jones did not object to the order, however, they do not admit to their product causing illness while waiting for further proceedings. The order, however, has put a stop to the production and sale of the products largely sold in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and California.