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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Soma's Metromint - Now With Diarrhea! (Maybe)

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2007 at 1:08 PM


An SF beverage company is recalling flavored water, because of some nasty bacteria that MAY BE in there. From the Bay City News via the Examiner:

"Soma Beverage Company recalled 16.9-ounce bottles of its Metromint brand flavored water as it might have a bacterium called Bacillis cereus that could cause vomiting and diarrhea. ... Recalled Metromint flavors include peppermint, spearmint, orange mint and lemon mint with a “Best Before’’ date before or of Dec. 21, 2008. ... There have been no confirmed illnesses in California, ... Consumers with questions may contact the company at (415) 979-0781 ext. 101."

How exactly did bacillus cereus grow in Soma? How'd they find out? All questions I'd like answered. First person who does gets some bottled water. —David Downs

UPDATE: 1:53 p.m. Soma Beverage Co. web site states a test determined the presence of bacteria. Apparently their sanitation levels weren't state of the art enough.


A retainment sample from November 2006 tested positive for a trace amount of bacteria (B. Cereus) which may cause 24 hour onset of diahrea, abdominal pain or nausea.

As a precautionary measure, Soma is recalling all product produced at the Valencia facility prior to the implementation of a state of the art sanitizing system on December 21, 2006.

Here's some more info on Bacillus cereus.

The short-incubation form is most often associated with fried rice that has been cooked and then held at warm temperatures for several hours. The disease is often associated with Chinese restaurants. In one reported outbreak, macaroni and cheese made from powdered milk turned out to be the source of the bacterium.

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