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odd-smelling Evian

KayMae Aug 16, 2007 02:44 PM

A few days ago, I bought a plastic liter bottle of Evian at Whole Foods in
NY. I took a few sips from it later that day, and smelled something odd.
I realized the smell was coming from the bottle; even though the water
looked clear, there was a moldy smell. (Years ago, I actually drank
from a bottle of Fiji Water that had mold growing in it; I was not looking
at the bottle, and the flowery design obscured this gross mold, very long story....
certainly never bought Fiji again; they acted like they didn't believe me,
even though their rep came to my bldg. and SAW the bottle.)
Anyway, this time I kept the bottle,
e-mail the Danone group, provided them with all the pertinent info, and
spoke to them today. They forwarded my e-mail to quality control, and
they said that if a bottle is stored improperly somewhere along the approx.
2-month chain from spring to store, it can get this odd taste. They are
sorry for the inconvenience, and are sending me coupons. Now, I can
take this bottle back and get my $1.89 or whatever, but that's not the
point. INCONVENIENCE? What did I ingest, is more like it. Has
anyone ever had this problem, and how did you handle it?


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  1. Pylon RE: KayMae Aug 16, 2007 07:23 PM

    Closest I've come is a diet coke that was expired. Tasty nasty, but not moldy. Yikes.

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      tom porc RE: KayMae Aug 17, 2007 12:23 AM

      Common with bottled waters especially in the summer.

      Its most likely bacteria.

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      1. re: tom porc
        renov8r RE: tom porc Aug 17, 2007 01:05 PM

        Seems very unlikely that it would be bacteria in Evian, several years ago they had a problem with their cleaning fluid that was detected by unrelated scientists using the water as a 'blank' or control to calibrate instruments, since then Evian is very thorough in its QA.

        More likely the water was sitting someplace too long and has lost more than the usual amount of dissolved oxygen.

        Another remote possibility is that the container was degrading.


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        budlit RE: KayMae Aug 17, 2007 07:28 AM

        I had a odd tasting Fiji water once

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          orangewasabi RE: budlit Aug 17, 2007 08:08 AM

          I thought that odd taste was the standard taste of Fiji water ;-)

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            budlit RE: orangewasabi Aug 17, 2007 05:24 PM

            Really? I like fiji water, just one time is smelled and tasted chloriney

        2. typetive RE: KayMae Aug 17, 2007 12:24 PM

          I had a similar problem with a whole case of water from Trader Joe's (crystal geyser).

          There was an odd smell to it, kind of moldy, kind of like plastic. It seemed to be coming from the lid.

          I took it back and TJ's gladly exchanged it (I tried a fresh bottle before leaving the store).

          That was two years ago.

          I don't buy bottled water any longer except for a couple of cases to keep on hand for emergencies in my earthquake kit.

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            HungWeiLo RE: KayMae Aug 17, 2007 05:38 PM

            Evian, Fiji, as well as many other bottled waters or spring waters are just bottled tap water, which explains the mold growth in a confined and dark space.

            Evian is "naive" spelled backwards, as they say.

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              mojoeater RE: HungWeiLo Aug 17, 2007 06:12 PM

              We recently did a blind water tasting for a local publication. All the water was at room temp (so you can taste it) and served in little paper cups. Fiji and Aquafina were at the top. Evian lost to city water!

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                foodperv RE: mojoeater Aug 17, 2007 07:40 PM

                i drank evian when it was in glass bottles yrs ago it was the most incredible stuff
                but.... after they went over to plastic their water tasted funny i find all bottled water in plastic tastes that way the palstic leaches its chem taste into the water

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                  KayMae RE: foodperv Aug 18, 2007 12:57 PM

                  Unfortunately I drank straight from the suspect bottle, which would corrupt any
                  analysis of what's inside, according to the FDA, which I called years ago
                  after my horrendous experience with Fiji (big, thick, mold growing inside,
                  my own doctor recoiled at the site of it and actually called me unprompted
                  the next day to see if I was still kicking...)
                  spoke to the owner of Fiji who said it couldn't happen.... yada yada, will not
                  even go NEAR a bottle of Fiji again). Evian is not tap water, from what I know. Only Dasani & Aquafina are. Anyway, I'm not buying water in plastic too much anymore; I bought some Panna in glass bottles today; Panna is my favorite water anyway, it's just expensive. Unfortunately the water from my tap here in NYC smells chemical-ish and doesn't taste good so I got a Brita filter for the tap which fell off continually and only produced a trickle of water; so I exchanged this for a Brita container (plastic, they don't sell glass ones anymore) ...so I'm using that water for coffee and tea. For now,
                  I'm holding onto my smelly bottle of Evian.... as evidence. Ugh!

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                    tom porc RE: KayMae Aug 19, 2007 01:26 AM

                    I'm surprised they didnt request the bottle to be mailed back for testing.

                2. re: mojoeater
                  Steve RE: mojoeater Jan 10, 2008 01:35 PM

                  I did my own taste test while traveling through Central Europe some time ago. It was an incredibly hot summer, and we did a pretty good amount of hiking. Evian was the only water that could really quench our thirst. The other stuff we would be downing litres and get bloated while we still felt parched. In my mind, it makes the best sports drink. It was all in plastic bottles.

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                Fat Swine RE: KayMae Aug 17, 2007 07:30 PM

                The water was probably sitting in the sun for a few days.

                1. amanda3571 RE: KayMae Aug 18, 2007 03:29 PM

                  I think all Evian water tastes awful. Metallicy almost.

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                    jeaniuslee RE: KayMae Aug 19, 2007 01:35 AM

                    Evian has always tasted strange to me. Sorry to say, but it reminds me of sewage stored in a plastic bottle... I run from it... :/

                    As another poster stated... I heard that most bottled water is actually tap water. If that's the case a large population of the US has been duped...

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                    1. re: jeaniuslee
                      orangewasabi RE: jeaniuslee Aug 19, 2007 06:17 AM

                      "Pepsi's Aquafina and Coca-Cola Co's Dasani are both made from purified water sourced from public reservoirs, as opposed to Danone's Evian or Nestle's Poland Spring"

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                      Loren3 RE: KayMae Aug 21, 2007 08:32 AM

                      I could also be algae. I have found some algae growing in bottled water.

                      I also found it growing in my Brita filter pitcher once. Now, I periodically run it through the dishwasher after first scrubbing it with a chlorine cleanser.

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                        HollyDolly RE: Loren3 Aug 21, 2007 12:52 PM

                        yeah i had heard that Aquafina and Dasani were from public reservoirs.I buy sometimes,Perrier and Crystal Gyser with lemon or lime. Or sometimes club soda.
                        I haven't found anything growing in bottles here so far.

                        I'll buy bottled water if I'm out running around and need something to drink.
                        Our water here is from the Edwards Aquafier and the Carrizo Aquafier.It's filtered through limestone rocks and is the main water source for the city of San Antonio
                        which is why people concerned about the aquifer have a fit with all the new construction of the Edwars Aquafier Recharge Zone.

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                        Smirk RE: KayMae Jan 9, 2008 02:01 PM

                        This happened to me twice recently. The first time I noticed my Evian had a strange taste, I thought that maybe the bottle had been opened longer than I thought and had gone "off." But the next one I opened had the same taste from the start. Then my mother mentioned in passing that she had had a similar experience with the bottles from a different six pack. Consequently, I'm not buying Evian anymore. I think something at the source of the water has changed. It's not that it tastes rancid, but it does remind me of the local water, and that's not what I want.

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                          punkin712 RE: KayMae Jan 10, 2008 01:30 PM

                          I bought a case of Nestle Pure Life bottled water on a whim at Sam's Club about a year ago. I opened the first bottle and the water tasted like cigarette butts. Dumped it out, opened another one...same thing. I went through about 10 bottles before I gave up and pitched the rest of it. Now I can't even look at that stuff without wretching.

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