Coke Recalls Dasani Water in Britain

LONDON/ATLANTA - Coca-Cola Co. on Friday recalled its Dasani bottled water in Britain after tests showed the drink contained levels of a potentially harmful chemical above legal standards, according to Reuters.

The world's largest soft drink maker said it expected to complete its voluntary recall of about 500,000 bottles of Dasani from store shelves in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland within 24 hours.

Coca-Cola said it began the recall after consulting with Britain's Food Standards Agency on Thursday, one day after the company's tests confirmed unexpectedly high levels of bromate in samples of British-produced Dasani.

Long-term exposure to bromate, a non-metallic salt, has been linked to a higher risk of cancer.

Coca-Cola's European spokesman John Chandler didn't say how much the recall would cost or when the company planned to reintroduce Dasani in Britain. He said that the company knew how to fix the bromate problem in its product.

Coca-Cola, which launched Dasani in Britain in January, was recently criticized after disclosing that the British version of Dasani was in fact treated and purified tap water -- a practice not uncommon in the bottled-water industry.
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