FDA warns of scam on alkaline, oxygenated water machines

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MANILA, Feb. 1 — Do not fall prey to obvious water scammers. As more stalls sell equipment or devices claiming to convert tap or bottled water into “alkaline” or “oxygenated” water continue to mushroom, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned consumers from the possibility of false claims.

A standard possible false claim runs like “alkaline” or “oxygenated” water removes every known chronic disease condition, acts as a strong antioxidant, slows the aging process and promote greater absorption of nutrients.

Or, alkaline water is rich in oxygen and that increased amount of oxygen boosts physical performance.

The FDA noted therapeutic claims made on drinking water as a ploy to promote and market water must be substantiated through valid clinical trials.

The FDA (RA 9711) Act of 2009 prohibits the sale or offering for sale or use of purification devices that allegedly produce water known as “alkaline water” or “oxygenated water.”

The FDA also noted that it was also a violation to make therapeutic claims without a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR).

“Vendo-type outlets or re-filling stations, and those engaged in the manufacture, importation and distribution of water with therapeutic claims should secure a license to operate from the agency before applying for a CPR,” the FDA said.

“Consumers are advised not to fall prey to these unscrupulous vendors and peddlers,” it added. “Drinking alkaline, oxygenated or ionized water does not change the blood pH level.” (PNA)

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