Lieff Cabraser is investigating multiple reports of liver failure in infants and children who drank “alkalized” water under the brand name Real Water in southern Nevada. Several adults were also affected with acute non-viral hepatitis after drinking Real Water, touted by its manufacturer as providing “increased cellular hydration” and other unproven health benefits due to its pH of 9.0 and inclusion of “negative ions.”
FDA Warns Americans: Do not drink, cook with, sell, or serve “Real Water” alkaline water
Real Water has asked all retailers to pull its product from distribution and sale; all customers still in possession of the product are asked to return it to their retailer immediately.
The Real Water water was distributed in Hawaii, California, Utah, Arizona in 5-gallon bottles via home delivery subscriptions and nationwide in smaller containers via online sales, according to the FDA. It was also on sale at retail locations throughout the U.S. The 5-gallon containers were delivered to homes in:
- Honolulu, HI, through Aloha Water
- Orange County, CA, through Paradise Bottling Co.
- St. George, UT, through Real Water Southern Utah
- Tucson, AZ, through Aqua-Pure
- Ventura and Santa Barbara, CA, through Real Water Gold Coast