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PSA: Ionized/alkaline water from "Real Water " company injures, kills...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 18, 2021 11:58PM
[arstechnica.com]

In mid-March, the Food and Drug Administration contacted Real Water about the cases and urged the company to recall their water, which was sold in multiple states, including Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona. Real Water agreed to issue the recall. However, by the end of the month, the FDA reported that retailers were still selling the potentially dangerous water, and the regulator tried to warn consumers directly. By then, Nevada health officials had linked the water to six additional cases, including three more children, bringing the total to 11.

Now, according to the new report, the tally has increased to 25: 18 probable cases and four suspected cases in Nevada, as well as three probable cases in California.

...The 21 probable cases all had an inexplicable onset of liver inflammation, with no viral infection or other underlying disease to explain the illness. They also all drank Real Water's 5-gallon Re2al Water product. Most of the cases occurred in November 2020 and, apart from the children, were in people aged older than 30. Their common symptoms included fatigue, vomiting, decreased appetite, dizziness or vertigo, and unintentional weight loss. They all suffered from abnormal liver function, and multiple people were considered for liver transplants.

All 21 probable cases ended up hospitalized, and 18 required intensive care. One woman in her 60s with underlying medical conditions died of complications from her liver inflammation.

...according to FDA investigations—almost everything about the company's manufacturing process was rotten. The DOJ lawsuit notes that Real Water failed to identify manufacturing hazards, implement preventative controls, or monitor for problems. The company also failed to adequately clean and sanitize its equipment and sample and test cleaning solutions—which it recycled and used to clean its 5-gallon water containers. Real Water didn't label products with production codes that could identify problematic batches or test product samples for quality.

The company didn't even have any documents of the ingredients and manufacturing process for the water products it made, which could—among other things—help ensure that excess amounts of ingredients weren't added or environmental contaminants didn't get in. There was "no written process control and/or supply-chain control procedures to ensure that the correct type and amount of chemicals are added to each batch of product water," the DOJ said.


Ionized and alkaline water are among those recent health fads that defy all science and reason. Maybe skip this fad?



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Re: PSA: Ionized/alkaline water from "Real Water " company injures, kills...
Posted by: davester
Date: November 19, 2021 12:21AM
I'm sure that the principals were careful to avoid Covid vacccines.



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Re: PSA: Ionized/alkaline water from "Real Water " company injures, kills...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 19, 2021 02:33AM
What an awful thing to do to people who thought they were being healthy by using the company’s product.



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Re: PSA: Ionized/alkaline water from "Real Water " company injures, kills...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 19, 2021 05:09AM
The Real Question is Anybody going to prison over this?

I didn't think so.

But hope springs...





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You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

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Re: PSA: Ionized/alkaline water from "Real Water " company injures, kills...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 19, 2021 04:19PM
WTF?
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