RECALL: Life-Line Bottled Water Could Be Contaminated With A Deadly Bacteria

McDaniel Life-Line LLC has voluntarily recalled all lots of Life-Line Water.

In an analysis, the FDA found the product to be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

What is Pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a potentially deadly bacteria, particularly for those with weakened immune systems. The CDC says:

Serious Pseudomonas infections usually occur in people in the hospital and/or with weakened immune systems.  Infections of the blood, pneumonia, and infections following surgery can lead to severe illness and death in these people.

However, healthy people can also develop mild illnesses with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, especially after exposure to water.  Ear infections, especially in children, and more generalized skin rashes may occur after exposure to inadequately chlorinated hot tubs or swimming pools. Eye infections have occasionally been reported in persons using extended-wear contact lenses…

…Pseudomonas infections are generally treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, in hospitalized patients, Pseudomonas infections, like those caused by many other hospital bacteria, are becoming more difficult to treat because of increasing antibiotic resistance. Selecting the right antibiotic usually requires that a specimen from a patient be sent to a laboratory to test to see which antibiotics might still be effective for treating the infection.

Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas can be deadly for patients in critical care.  An estimated 51,000 healthcare-associated P. aeruginosa infections occur in the United States each year. More than 6,000 (13%) of these are multidrug-resistant, with roughly 400 deaths per year attributed to these infections.  Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas was given a threat level of serious threat in the CDC AR Threat report

Recall details

Although the risk of infection from bottled water is remote, according to the FDA, McDaniel Life-Line LLC has opted to voluntarily recall their products.

Use of the contaminated product has a remote probability of necessitating medical or surgical intervention to preclude or reverse permanent damage to a body structure or function. To date, McDaniel Life-Line LLC has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The product can be taken internally or applied externally to the skin. The product is packaged in 1-gallon bottles. The affected Life-Line Water recall includes all lots.

The product was distributed in the United States and Canada to individuals via internet sales@lifelinewater.com.

McDaniel Life-Line LLC is notifying its customers, by press release, of the recalled product. Consumers that have product which is being recalled should stop using and discard…

…Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

If you have questions regarding the recall you can contact McDaniel Life-Line by phone 806-647-1741, Monday- Friday from 8 AM-5 PM, Central Time or by e-mail lifeline@amaonline.com.

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