One of the perks of my company is that we get free bottled water (Crystal Geyser) and sodas. About a month ago, I stopped drinking the water because it smelled and tasted… funny. The more I smelled the water, the more it smelled like phlegm. I was beginning to think I was coming down with something because every bottle I opened tasted like phlegm. So I stopped drinking the water at work and began downing diet soda, instead. (Yes, it’s as healthy as it sounds.)
But then when I bought a bottle of Crystal Geyser at a liquor store on my way to a screening the other day and it had the same phlegmmy taste, I knew it wasn’t me!
Thank you, intarweb for solving the mystery of the Phelgm Water‚Ñ¢! Too bad I’m still afraid of the bottled water, even though I know it wasn’t really phlegm.
Here are some key snippets regarding the Crystal Geyser recall, explanation for, and apology of the Phlegm Water‚Ñ¢. The full text can be found at http://www.crystalgeyserasw.com/recall
First and foremost, we would like to emphasize that there is no health or safety issue with our product. Nonetheless, this situation was of great concern to our company from a consumer satisfaction perspective as we pride ourselves on bottling the highest quality alpine spring water.
Immediately after receiving complaints we began investigating. Our investigation has revealed that we were unknowingly supplied bottle caps containing resin which did not conform to our company’s specifications. Although these caps were made from food grade materials which are approved by the FDA, they contain materials which may be susceptible to taste or odor problems. It is for this reason that it is our company policy not to use caps containing this grade of resin, even though these caps are widely used in the beverage industry.
When these caps are exposed to adverse storage conditions, such as excessive heat or light, they may breakdown and transfer a taste or odor to the water. We believe that this summers’ heat wave in southern California caused this problem. Again, this resin is made from food grade materials which are approved by the FDA, and therefore, the off-taste does not pose health or safety risks to our consumers.
If you have 8-oz or 16.9-oz product produced by our southern California Olancha plant from July 17th through September 30th, 2006 -whether opened or unopened- we suggest that you return it to the store where it was purchased. Your product will, of course, be replaced with the good tasting alpine spring water that you are accustomed to drinking. It is very important to us that we provide you with water of the highest quality and satisfaction.
The only bottles that may be affected have code that begin with “O1, “02”, and “O4” and “Sell By” dates that range from 07/17/08 through 09/30/08. Remember, only 8-oz and 16.9-oz product with these specific codes and “Sell By” dates may have been affected and should be replaced.