The FDA Just Issued a New Urgent Warning About This Bottled Water

You'll want to avoid accidentally picking up this brand of water because of a possible health risk.

There are plenty of drink and food products lining grocery store shelves and sold online that you know might not be the best for you, but sometimes, items that pose truly serious safety issues and health concerns are recalled. Once that happens, those products are pulled from shelves, warnings are posted, and they aren't supposed to still be available for us to accidentally purchase. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now warning that one brand of bottled water is still being sold by some retailers after being recalled. Read on to make sure you don't buy this brand of water, and for more recent recalls, If You're Eating This for Breakfast, Stop Immediately, FDA Says.

The FDA sent a warning that Real Water is still being sold online after being recalled.

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Real Water, which was recently recalled due a potential link to liver disease, is "still being offered for sale through online retailers," the FDA warned on March 31. The agency also said that "a number of distributors had not received notification directly from the firm about the recall." On top of that, as of March 31, Real Water Inc. was "still promoting the product via social media."

"The agency is working to locate any remaining products to ensure they are no longer available to consumers," the FDA said in their statement. "The FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as we become aware of recalled products being offered for sale." And for more warnings that could affect you, The FDA Just Issued a New Warning About These OTC Pain Meds.

Real Water issued a voluntary recall on their bottled water on March 24.

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Real Water Inc. voluntarily recalled all sizes of their alkaline bottled water, and their concentrate, on March 24 as a result of an investigation from the FDA. The company even said in its announcement that "distributors have been notified of the recall and instructed to immediately remove recalled products from all store shelves, distribution, and other inventories to ensure they are no longer available for sale or consumption." And for more up-to-date health news, sign up for our daily newsletter.

The FDA believes there's a link between the bottled water and several cases of liver disease.

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Real Water has potentially been linked to multiple cases of non-viral hepatitis, inflammation of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis on the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and even death. On March 16, the FDA sent out a warning about Real Water after learning of five cases of non-viral hepatitis in infants and young children in Nevada in November, resulting in acute liver failure.

"All patients were reported to have consumed 'Real Water' brand alkaline water. The consumption of 'Real Water' brand alkaline water is the only common link identified between all of these cases to date," the FDA noted.

Adults in the households with these children who also drank Real Water reportedly experienced symptoms as well, but they were less severe, according to the FDA.

And for more factors that can affect your liver, If You're Taking Tylenol With This, Your Liver Is in Danger, Experts Say.

Multiple consumers have now filed lawsuits against Real Water.

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Several people are now suing Real Water Inc. for health problems they say occurred after drinking the company's water, according to reports from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In one lawsuit, Emely and Christopher Brian Wren say both they and their son, Christopher Noah Wren, who's two years old, got sick while their daughter, who avoided drinking Real Water, did not. A different group of five people from Las Vegas, including one man who underwent a liver transplant, also filed a joint lawsuit against the company.

In a video statement Real Water Inc. posted on March 23, President Brent A. Jones said, "We'd like to express our deepest concern over the events that led to the [FDA] inquiry. We started Real Water over 13 years ago with the intention to provide a healthy product that benefits and elevates people's lifestyles. We are deeply saddened to learn that anything otherwise could be the result." And for more dangerous items you may have at home, If You Have These Seasonings at Home, Get Rid of Them, USDA Says.

Kali Coleman
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