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Mold in Bottled Water for Babies Causes a Recall and an FDA Consumer Alert

December 05, 2017 | 791 views
Kroger has recalled its Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after tests found mold in the water, the Miami Herald reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) immediately followed up with a consumer alert to parents and caregivers who may have purchased the water, which was sold in gallon jugs and distributed to Kroger, Owen’s and other stores in 14 states. Exposure to the mold, Talaromyces penicillium, either by touch, inhalation or ingestion can cause allergic responses even in people who aren’t allergic to mold, the Herald said.

Aside from the implications of what might happen to babies who may have already been exposed to this water (Kroger tested for the mold only after getting complaints about it), bottled water in general is expensive, harmful to the environment and, as noted here, can be impure. In fact, chances are the “pure,” “spring” water you think you’re buying may actually have come right out of a tap — and this is true for half of all bottled water, according to the Beverage Marketing Association.

If you think this applies only to off-brands or discount stores, think again: A recent class-action lawsuit against Nestle claims that its Poland Spring bottled water is a "colossal fraud" and is not sourced from anything that fits the FDA’s definition of "spring water."

And then there’s the fluoride. In the U.S., two-thirds of Americans' tap water contains fluoride, which is added under the guise of preventing cavities. Coming from the tap, there is absolutely no way to control how much fluoride you or your children are getting, let alone having it added to “purified” bottled water you may purchase — and “purified” being a term I take issue with, as adding fluoride is hardly a purification process.

More than 300 studies have shown fluoride's toxic effects on the brain, including a 2006 National Research Council review that suggested fluoride exposure may be associated with brain damage, endocrine system disruption and bone cancer. Additionally, a 2014 review in Lancet Neurology classified fluoride as one of only 11 chemicals "known to cause developmental neurotoxicity in human beings, alongside other known neurotoxins such as lead, methylmercury, arsenic and toluene.

If you want truly purified water for yourself or your baby, the best thing to do is to install a whole-house water filter system that filters at both the point of entry and point of use. This means filtering all the water that comes into the house, and then filtering again at the kitchen sink and shower.

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