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Misplaced claims about Fiji water quality by the one star reviews
June 11, 2016
I wrote a critical review of this product earlier. This review is dated 03/15/17. It had to do with the issues many of the one star reviews were having with Fiji water, swollen bottles, torn or distorted labels, and even claims that this was fake Fiji water. Now, I am not an apologist, but I believe the problem here is not with either Amazon or Fiji, which I have delighted in drinking for years, but with the Supply Chain. Either the Shipper from Fiji, or the Shipping Company itself is storing some of these bottles inadequately in hot environments prior to shipping to the Consumption point. How long do these set in metal shipping containers on the Port of Long Beach? This is NOT fake Fiji water, but "mishandled" Fiji water. These bottles and the water itself have only been sporadically coming this way in the last several months, which are the hottest months in the Southern Hemisphere where Fiji is located. Exposing a water bottle to heat is not going to necessarily cause bacteria or Fungi to grow unless it is in a non-sterile environment (poorly capped bottle) anyway. How many of us have drank a bottle of tepid water that has been left in a car in the Summer? I think that I will call the Corporate Offices of Fiji and explore the problem with their quality control management. They may not even be aware of these issues, unless we say something about it. The water itself is still okay to drink in the swollen bottles, it has not made me sick, and when refrigerated tastes pretty darn close to what it has been all along. Let's not accuse Amazon or Fiji, until we have gotten to the bottom of what the "real" problem could be.