Danone investigates Volvic water scare in Britain

25th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 24 (AFP) - French food and drink group Danone said Monday it was investigating a report in Britain that a potentially harmful chemical had been detected in bottles of Volvic, one of its leading brands of mineral water.

PARIS, Oct 24 (AFP) - French food and drink group Danone said Monday it was investigating a report in Britain that a potentially harmful chemical had been detected in bottles of Volvic, one of its leading brands of mineral water.

Danone said it was "actively investigating the exact cause of this problem", adding that it was an "isolated incident and no other complaints have been received from the same batch of product and remaining samples have been checked."

A BBC television programme reported earlier Monday that laboratory tests on a bottle of the premium mineral water, marketed as a product for the health conscious, "showed that the water contained a potentially harmful chemical called naphthalene".

Naphtalene is derived from coal tar or petroleum and is used in manufacturing dyes, moth repellents, and explosives and as a solvent.

The bottle had been handed to the program by a viewer who had complained of a strong chemical taste, the BBC reported. The viewer also said the water had separated into "little pools".

Danone said that initial research "suggests that the naphthalene could have penetrated the plastic after it left the factory at some point in delivery or storage. This has happened in past cases the company has experienced."

A spokeswoman for the company said that naphthalene was not used at any stage of the bottling process.

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