Dec 28, 2000

Bottled Water Cases May Be False

Tests have shown that atleast three of the eight most recent bottled-water complaints in the New York City-area are false with officials stating they were more likely cause by worry than tampering. Three of the tested bottles showed no signs of contamination.

The total complaints of contaminated water cases is now at 30 with several cases being suspected of the victim contaminating their own water with harmful chemicals or mistakingly blaming the water for the illnesses.

The most named bottled water brands in the complaints are Poland Spring and Aquafina.

Complaints were made that the water tasted rusty, had a broken seal, strange taste or funny smell, and caused cramps or a sore throat. Two bottles contained traces of ammonia.

Police, the FBI and the city Health Department have found no common links or evidence of tampering, but investigations continue.

It is believed that at least some of these claims are just panicked consumers jumping to conclusions. In at least two previous cases people blamed bottled water when they were in fact experiencing reactions to medications.

No charges have been filed, and no recall has been made.

(Source: New York Daily News)