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Recall: Mineral Water
Release Date: March 08, 2007
NJLINCS Health Alert Network
Public Health Info
Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
FDA Warns Consumers Not to Drink "Jermuk" brand Mineral
Alan L. Talarsky, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3122x4560; Email:
Please review the following message from Alan Talarsky,
Environmental Scientist 1, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS, concerning the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration's warning against consuming, and subsequent Class 1
Recall, of Jermuk brand mineral water due to high levels of arsenic.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to drink certain
brands of mineral water imported from Armenia due to the risk of exposure to arsenic,
a toxic substance and known cause of cancer in humans. Symptoms of acute arsenic
exposure usually occur within several hours of consumption. The most likely effects
include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Over the period of a few days
to weeks, the kidneys, liver, skin, and cardiovascular and nervous systems could
be affected. Extended exposure could lead to cancer and death.
The products were distributed nationwide. The following products are being recalled:
-Zetlian Bakery, Inc., Pico Rivera, CA is recalling product with labels that read:
"Jermuk Original Sparkling Natural Mineral Water Fortified With Natural Gas From
The Spring". The product is additionally labeled as "2006 Jermuk Mayr Gortsaran
CJSC" and "Imported by: Zetlian Bakery Inc."
-Importers Direct Wholesale Company Los Angeles, CA is recalling the product with
labels that read: "Jermuk Sodium Calcium Bicarbonate and Sulphate Mineral Water".
The product is additionally labeled as "Bottled by ARPI Plant, Republic of Armenia"
and "Exclusive US importer and distributor: Importers Direct Wholesale Co., Los
-Kradjian Importing Company, Glendale, CA is recalling the product with labels that
read: "Jermuk, Natural Mineral Water Sparkling". The product is additionally labeled
as "Bottled by Jermuk Group CJSC" and "Sale Agent Kradjian Importing Co. Inc." in
FDA sampled 500 milliliter (mL) green glass bottles and detected the problem. FDA
is investigating whether other sizes or packaging are involved. FDA testing of this
water revealed 500 - 600 micrograms of arsenic per liter. FDA's standard of quality
bottled water allows no more than 10 micrograms per liter.
There have been no illnesses reported at this time. Consumers who drank this water
and have concerns are encouraged to contact their health care provider.
FDA will continue working to remove all such bottled water products from the marketplace.
FDA may provide additional updates as more information becomes available.
Local health departments that encounter this product are asked to undertake the
necessary enforcement actions to prevent the sale, distribution, and consumption
of this product and to contact Alan Talarsky, Bottled Water Project Coordinator,
at 609-588-7587 or 609-588-3123.
For additional information about this warning/recall and other FDA-issued recalls,
please click the weblink below.
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Health Officers; LOCAL Public Health; Food Safety Organizations
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