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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Drink “Jermuk” Brand Mineral Water Due to possible Arsenic Contamination

The US Food and Drug Administrationis 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 Angeles, CA”.
* 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 Glendale, CA

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