FDA Announces Recall of 1.9 Million Fiji Water Bottles Due to Quality Issues

May 27, 2024

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of almost 1.9 million bottles of Fiji Water due to quality concerns. This follows a voluntary recall by Natural Waters of Viti Limited (NWVL) on March 4, which affected 78,533 cases of the water.

Quality Issues Identified

The recall was initiated after testing found the presence of manganese and three types of bacteria in the water. While the specific bacteria have not been disclosed, they are known to be non-harmful. The FDA has classified this as a Class III recall, indicating that the use of or exposure to the violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.

Manganese Levels Explained

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that manganese is essential for health, but the required amounts vary by age and sex. Although there have been no reports of harm from manganese in food and beverages, high levels in water can lead to toxicity. However, Fiji Water assures that the recalled water does not pose a risk of manganese toxicity.

Details of the Recall

The recall affects the Fiji Natural Artesian Water 500 mL (24-pack) with the following UPC codes:

  • Case UPC Code: 6 32565 00004 3
  • Bottle UPC Code: 6 32565 00001 2

The recalled bottles have the production dates of November 11, 12, 13, 24, and 25, 2023. These were sold in Washington state and on Amazon.com between February 1 and March 3, 2024.

Company Statement

A spokesperson for Fiji Water emphasized that the recall pertains to products distributed through a single distributor, and nearly all affected bottles have been reclaimed. “The FDA classification announced yesterday relates to a matter from several months ago that never posed any health or safety risk. There is no higher priority to us than the safety and quality of Fiji Water,” the spokesperson stated. Regular testing ensures the water’s quality and safety, maintaining the brand’s reputation for its soft, smooth taste.

Return Policy

Consumers who purchased the affected water can find the return policy on Fiji Water’s website. The FDA’s recent update appears to formalize the recall initially conducted by the company.

For more information and updates, consumers are encouraged to visit the FDA and Fiji Water websites.

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