U.S. FDA issues recall on Jermuk water products


LOS ANGELES, AP

The Food and Drug Administration reissued a warning Saturday to consumers not to drink several brands of Jermuk mineral water the agency says may expose humans to arsenic, a toxic substance known to cause cancer. According to agency officials, there is little chance that someone would become seriously ill after drinking the water over a short period of time.

“However, it is likely that the person would experience nausea, abdominal pain and possibly vomiting, which are indicators of arsenic toxicity,” the agency said in a statement.

Jermuk water is imported from Armenia and distributed under different brand labels in California. Five brands have been recalled since March 7. No illnesses have been reported.

The latest recall, which was initiated on March 16 by the product’s distributor, Andreas Andreasyan DBA Arnaz & Nelli Co. of North Hollywood, is for Jermuk Natural Mineral Water Fortified with Gas from the Spring.

The following brands of the water were recalled on March 7, according to the FDA: ☛ Jermuk Original Sparkling Natural Mineral Water Fortified With Natural Gas From The Spring. It is contained in glass bottles. ☛ Jermuk, 1951, Natural Mineral Water, contained in plastic bottles. ☛ Jermuk Sodium Calcium Bicarbonate and Sulphate Mineral Water. ☛ Jermuk Natural Mineral Water Sparkling.