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FDA warns against Real Water brand linked to hepatitis outbreak

Federal regulators are cautioning U.S. customers against ingesting “Real Water,” a Las Vegas-based product that’s nonetheless offered on-line and promoted on social media regardless of being recalled due to an outbreak of liver sickness that has hospitalized 5 youngsters. 

The warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes because the company, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Southern Nevada Health District, examine experiences of acute non-viral hepatitis in Nevada linked to the brand of alkaline water. 

“The FDA has become aware that ‘Real Water’ brand alkaline water is still being offered for sale through online retailers,” the regulatory company acknowledged on Wednesday. In assessing the effectiveness of the company’s voluntary recall final month, the FDA additionally discovered a lot of distributors had not been notified by the company of the recall. 

“[A]s of March 31, 2021, Real Water Inc. is still promoting the product via social media despite issuing a recall announcement,” the company stated. “Therefore, the FDA is reiterating that it is crucial that consumers, restaurants, distributors, and retailers not drink, cook with, sell or serve ‘Real Water’ alkaline water.”

The company additionally suggested against giving the water to pets. 

Five youngsters have been hospitalized in late 2020 in Clark County, however have since recovered, in accordance to a report by the Las Vegas-based Southern Nevada Health District, which first acquired preliminary experiences of the 5 instances in November 2020. Although the reason for these diseases is unsure, the well being officers pointed to the water brand as a potential hyperlink in all of the instances.

“The patients lived in four different households. Six additional people have reported experiencing less severe symptoms that include vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue. These patients include three adults and three children,” the well being district added.

The FDA stated the company, with services in Henderson, Nevada, and Mesa, Arizona, was not cooperating with the outbreak investigation. 

Recalled bottled water product.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The recalled merchandise embrace 5-gallon and 3-gallon containers of Real Water offered via dwelling supply/subscription, bottles of assorted sizes offered on-line and in shops, in addition to focus offered on-line. The agency’s press launch additionally contains 1.5 liter, 1 liter, 500 ml, and 1-gallon ready-to-drink alkaline water bottles and the 4 oz. focus.

The recalled merchandise can be found nationwide, in accordance to the company’s press release, however the 5-gallon containers have been distributed in Nevada, California and Arizona.

Symptoms of all forms of hepatitis, together with non-viral hepatitis, can embrace fever, fatigue, lack of urge for food, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, darkish urine, clay or gray-colored bowel actions, joint ache, yellow eyes and jaundice. 

Real Water is marketed in boxy blue plastic bottles as mineral-rich and “alkalized” and “infused with negative ions.”