April 16, 2021

Real Water Recall is a Real Mess

Real Water Inc. recalled all of its alkaline water products last week after non-viral hepatitis illnesses including five cases of liver failure were associated with them. But this week some retailers are still selling the products, the company is still marketing them, key Real Water employees have gone missing, and the FDA says the company's refusal to cooperate has hamstrung its investigation of the outbreak. In short, Real Water's recall is a real mess. Don't drink, cook with, sell, or serve “Real Water” alkaline water While the recall has been muddled, the public health message about Real Water products has been clear. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have both issued advisories warning consumers, restaurants, … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Real Water Alkaline Water Hepatitis Outbreak Investigation

FDA has updated its Real Water alkaline water hepatitis outbreak investigation with more information. The latest update, which is not dated, states, "Given a lack of cooperation by the firm, FDA investigators have been unable to complete investigations at the "Real Water" Inc. facilities in Henderson, Nevada and Mesa, Arizona and have not been provided with any records. As a result, on March 23, FDA issued a Demand for Records under section 414 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act." The FDA, CDC, and the Southern Nevada Health District are investigating a "number of reports" of acute non-viral hepatitis infections in the state of Nevada. These cases are associated with the consumption of Real Water alkaline water. The consumption of Real Water alkaline water is the only … [Read more...]

Real Water Alkalized Water Associated with Non-Viral Hepatitis Recalled

Real Water alkalized water is being recalled because it is associated with a non-viral hepatitis outbreak that has sickened at least five people in Nevada. This recall is the result of an investigation by the Southern Nevada Health District and the FDA, after cases were reported in November 2020. The company has ceased distribution and production of the product as the problem is investigated. Symptoms of all kinds of hepatitis, including non-viral hepatitis, can include fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see their doctor. The recalled products are Real Water Alkalized Water, which were sold in 1.5 liters, 1 liter, 500 mil, … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Real Water Non-viral Hepatitis Outbreak

The FDA has updated the Real Water non-Viral hepatitis outbreak that has sickened at least five children living in Nevada. The consumption of Real Water brand alkaline water is the only common link identified among all of the cases so far. This brand of water is owned by Real Water, Inc. of Mesa, Arizona. FDA is in the beginning stage of this investigation, and more products may be connected to this outbreak. An investigation at the Real Water firm has begun. What's new in this update s that the government has added areas in the country where the water was distributed. The water was sold in 5-gallon containers through home delivery and subscription; in bottles that were sold online and in stores; and as "Real Water" concentrate that is sold online. The 5-gallon containers are … [Read more...]

Study Looks at Hepatitis E Contamination in Pigs

A new study published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases looks at the prevalence of hepatitis E contamination in pigs used for food in the United States. The hepatitis E virus RNA was found in 6.3% of serum samples from market-weight pigs at 25 slaughterhouses in 10 states. The blood of these pigs may contaminate the pork supply chains in this country, according to the study. Hepatitis E does not get a lot of attention in the U.S., certainly not in comparison to hepatitis A. It is a self-limiting disease that doesn't cause chronic infection. It is usually associated with contaminated water supply in countries that have poor sanitation practices. There is no vaccine against this virus. Symptoms of hepatitis E are similar to hepatitis A … [Read more...]

In Canada, Hepatitis Frozen Berry Outbreak Hospitalizes 5

A Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries has sickened 13 people in Canada, hospitalizing five of them, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. A recall has been issued for Nature's Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend sold at Costco stores inOntario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it. Hepatitis A  is a highly contagious virus. It is transmitted Hepatitis when contaminated food or water is eaten or through contact with an infected person's stool. Sometimes those who are infected show no symptoms. For those who do become sick, symptoms usually develop two weeks after exposure and can last for months. They include mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, … [Read more...]

OxyElite Pro Lawsuit Filed in Hawaii Seeks Compensation For Acute Hepatitis, Liver Disease

This week, a lawsuit was filed in Hawaii on behalf of a woman (the plaintiff) who used OxyElite Pro and subsequently suffered acute hepatitis and liver injury. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff consumed OxyElite Pro for several months before she began experiencing symptoms of hepatitis infection in March 2013. These symptoms included abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue and muscle aches.  She went undiagnosed until August of 2013, when she was hospitalized at Hilo Medical Center and diagnosed with acute hepatitis. The lawsuit was filed against USPlabs, LLC, the corporation that manufactures OxyElite Pro, and GNC Holdings, Inc., a retailer and distributor of OxyElite Pro. On November 9, 2013, USPlabs issued a recall of OxyElite products because of an association between these products … [Read more...]

OxyElite Pro Linked to Hepatitis Liver Damage in Hawaii, Lawyers Investigate

At least 24 cases of acute hepatitis in Hawaii have been linked to OxyElite Pro, a dietary supplement, according to a health advisory issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Eleven people diagnosed with acute hepatitis and liver damage in Hawaii have been hospitalized, Two of whom received liver transplants. One person has died. The outbreak is being investigated by state and federal health officials. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team® are also investigating the outbreak of hepatitis liver injury. Pritzker and his team represent hepatitis victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against manufacturers.  "Our goal is to hold wrongdoers accountable," said Pritzker. "If safety is the number one concern, products do not get … [Read more...]

Legal Review of Liability Continues in Costco Hepatitis Lawsuit

U.S. District Court in Arizona is the venue for a Costco hepatitis lawsuit where food poisoning lawyers from Pritzker Olsen Attorneys and local counsel are attempting to establish where the fault lies for an outbreak in California, Colorado, Arizona and five other states that federal disease investigators have associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all ill people who reported eating this mixed berry product purchased it from Costco markets. The product also was sold at Harris Teeter stores, but no ill people have been identified that bought the product at Harris Teeter, the CDC has said. The hepatitis lawsuit (2:13-cv-01181-ROS) names Costco Wholesale Corp. and Oregon-based Townsend Farms Inc. as … [Read more...]

Costco Hepatitis A Lawsuit Filed for Man Sickened by Berry Mix Produced by Townsend Farms

Another lawsuit has been filed in California against Costco Corporation and Townsend Farms on behalf of a victim of a multi-state hepatitis A outbreak.  The source of the outbreak is frozen berries manufactured by Oregon-based Townsend Farms and sold at Costco stores, according to the suit, which is not a class action. The berries were part of a recall. "The evidence pointing to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend berries is extremely strong," said attorney Fred Pritzker, who is representing several other victims of the hepatitis A outbreak. "Our goal is to hold Townsend Farms and Costco accountable for these illnesses by getting full and fair compensation for our clients." This newest lawsuit was filed against Townsend Farms and Costco Corporation in the Superior Court of Los … [Read more...]

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