Dude, what? Another recall announcement? Okay, this time it’s that minty (or other flavored) water that people drink sometimes. Apparently there’s a batch floating around that’s been contaminated with Bacillus cereus, a nasty little bug that can give you diarrhea and stomach cramps. Charming!
The potentially contaminated batch of Metromint water, by Soma Foods, can be identified by the “best before” date of 12/21/2008 stamped on the shoulder of the bottle. The voluntary recall includes all bottles of Metromint flavors Peppermint, Spearmint, Orangemint, and Lemonmint.
Fortunately, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there have been no reported illnesses in California.
According to Todar’s Online Textbook of Bacteriology, this type of food poisoning usually comes from cooked food that has been left at room temperature too long.
As far as we know, Metromint is created by essentially squeezing mint into water, so how did they wind up with a Bc-contaminated batch?
Well, you can call the company at (415) 979-0781, Ext. 101. Scott Lowe is the co-founder quoted in the Chronicle’s article.
Recall of Metromint water sold online[San Francisco Chronicle]