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Drinking Water Additive Recalled Over Potential Contamination With Deadly Bacteria

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A company is issuing a voluntary recall of its product after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that it was contaminated with a potentially deadly bacteria. Pseudomonas aeruginosa can be found widely in the environment but may be deadly for some in the hospital setting.

Water Additive Recall

Company McDaniel Life-Line LLC is issuing a voluntary recall of all Life-Line Water to the consumer level. This comes after the FDA determined the product to be contaminated with pseudomonas aeruginosa, though no illnesses related to the contamination has been reported to date.

The recalled product is packaged in 1-gallon bottles and can be either consumed or applied to the skin. It is marketed as a food additive for human drinking water and was sold in Canada and the United sales through online transactions.

According to the FDA, using the product has a “remote probability” of requiring surgical or medical intervention to reverse possible permanent damage to body structure or function.

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

A pseudomonas infection can be contracted from a common bacterial strain in the environment, the most common type of which that causes illnesses in humans being pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Typically, healthy people who contract pseudomonas aeruginosa get a mild illness. In children, this may translate to ear infections, eye infections, or skin rashes. However, those who are patients in a hospital or those with weakened immune systems may experience severe illness and even death.

Those who are particularly vulnerable to having life-threatening illnesses from pseudomonas aeruginosa are the patients who are on devices such as catheters, those on breathing machines, and those who are recovering from wounds or burns. In the hospital setting, this bacteria is typically spread through contaminated equipment that were not properly cleaned and through the hands of healthcare workers.

This infection can typically be treated with antibiotics, but unfortunately, the bacteria is getting harder and harder to treat because of increasing antibiotic resistance.

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