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Soma Beverage Flavored Water Recall

December 4, 2007– Soma Beverage recalls Metromint flavor water in 16.9 fluid ounce bottles.

All flavors of Metromint with Best Before 2008/12/21 and produced at its California facility are affected by this recall, this includes peppermint, spearmint, orangemint, and lemonmint.

Soma Beverage of San Francisco, California is recalling all bottles of Metromint flavors Peppermint, Spearmint, Orangemint, and Lemonmint with Best Before 2008/12/21 and produced at its California facility because they may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus.

The products were distributed nationwide to grocery stores and sold on the Internet.

The recalled products can be identified by the “Best Before” date found on the shoulder of the bottle. Products produced in the California facility have the lettering “KSA” in a rectangle located on the lower right-hand corner of the back panel on the label.

There have been no reported illnesses in California.

The symptoms of B. cereus diarrheal type food poisoning usually include onset of watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and pain 6-15 hours after consumption of contaminated food. Nausea may accompany diarrhea, but vomiting rarely occurs.

Symptoms persist for 24 hours in most instances. The vomiting type of food poisoning associated with B. cereus is characterized by nausea and vomiting within 30 minutes to 6 hours after consumption of contaminated foods. Duration of symptoms is generally less than 24 hours. Infants, children and pregnant women are susceptible to dehydration resulting from diarrhea.

Consumers in possession of the recalled product should discard it or return it to the point of purchase. Individuals who think they may have become ill from eating these products should contact their health care provider for evaluation.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-415-979-0781 Ext. 101.

  1. We have known about the B. cereus contamination for over two years. They have always shipped the product anyway. This is just the first time we got caught. (This was NOT a voluntary recall.) If you test Metromint you will also find contamination with ozone, used in the manufacturing process. This product is NOT safe. Many people working in the factory in Valencia have become sick and had miscarriages. I am glad the people running this company are finally getting caught. Maybe they will finally clean up the place.

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