‘Real Water’ Brand Bottled Water Recalled After Links to Liver Problems – NBC 6

Nevada-based ‘Real Water’ brand bottled water has been voluntarily recalled after reports it may be “linked to certain instances of non-viral hepatitis” and mounting claims that it has caused health problems in consumers.

The company distributed its products in the greater Las Vegas, NV area, Northern Arizona, Southern California, Tennessee, Georgia, Chicago, New York, Mississippi, and New Mexico as well as through Amazon.com.

Lawsuits have been mounting against the bottled water brand amid a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation and accusations by more people in more states that it caused liver illness and other ailments.

A Nevada man’s case blamed the product for his liver transplant in September 2019, a federal class-action lawsuit was filed this week in Nevada, and another lawsuit filed in state court also sought class-action status.

“Defendants … sold their product as ’the healthiest drinking water today,’ ” attorneys Gustavo Ponce and Mona Amini said in the third case, representing Peter Anthony Arambula. “In reality it has dangerous levels of toxins in it making it unsafe and dangerous to human life.”

Brent Jones, president of the bottler, AffinityLifestyles.com Inc., and a former Nevada state Republican lawmaker, did not immediately respond Wednesday to telephone and email messages seeking comment.

Jones issued a statement March 17 calling for stores nationwide to pull Real Water from shelves “until the issue is resolved.” The voluntary recall notice was published on the FDA site Wednesday.

Now, a nearly two-minute video message featuring Jones on the Real Water website offers “deepest sympathy and concern over the events that led to the inquiry.”

It said the “voluntary nationwide recall of all products” will remain in effect “until the safety of our product is clearly established.”

The court actions follow an FDA warning last week not to drink, cook with, sell or serve Real Water, which is marketed widely in the U.S.

Lee Gray, an attorney representing the company in the FDA probe, said Wednesday that Real Water “issued a voluntary product recall and is continuing to work closely with FDA to investigate and determine the root cause of any issues with its products.” He declined to comment about the lawsuits.

Will Kemp, a Las Vegas attorney, launched the legal barrage with a civil negligence and deceptive trade practices case filed March 16. It blamed the water for liver illness in five hospitalized children.

The regional Southern Nevada Health District reported investigating illnesses of six other people since November 2020 who reported less severe symptoms including vomiting, nausea, appetite loss and fatigue.

A new lawsuit by Kemp, filed Monday on behalf of plaintiff Myles Hunwardsen and four other people, blamed the water for Hunwardsen’s liver failure in September…

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