ADH says the recalled bottles are marked with a four-digit time code written in military time; the affected time period is from 2200 through 0400. The department says the time code is etched into the plastic bottle along with an expiration date code that says either Best By 2-27-2013 MPWA or Best By 2-28-2013 MPWA.
According to the ADH, the bottles of purified drinking water come in the 16.9 fl. oz. (506 ml.) size, and more testing is needed to identify the specific type of mold and its origin which is expected to take several more days.
According to William L. Mason, MD, MPH, branch chief for the Preparedness and Emergency Response branch at ADH, it is unlikely that a healthy person would get sick from drinking this water.
"People with a weakened immune system might be at higher risk," Mason said. "Anyone who thinks they may have become ill after drinking this water should consult a physician."
ADH recommends that anyone who may possess the contaminated water dispose of it or return it to its point of purchase.
The affected water was found in shipment orders by the city of Clinton, AR for use in disaster response efforts
"We want to stress that the bottled water recall applies only to the specific lots of Mountain Pure water that are on the recall," Mason included. "We are still saying that bottled water and water that you have purified by boiling is the safest way to provide drinking water in those communities with disrupted water supplies."