|ALASKA DEPT. OF
ENVIROMENTAL SANITATION & FOOD SAFETY
STATEMENT ON REMOVAL AND RETURN OF RITE-AID BOTTLED WATER
CAMP HILL, Pa.-- Rite Aid Corporation has
initiated a voluntary removal of Rite Aid brand drinking water from the shelves of 222
stores in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In addition, the company is
encouraging customers who may have purchased this water to return the product to its
stores for a full refund.
Rite Aid has identified a potential problem with
the drinking water as a result of one customer complaint received by the company. Rite Aid
has provided samples of the water to the manufacturer, Pure Water Corporation of Seattle,
Washington, for testing and is awaiting results. At this time, we are unaware of any data
indicating there is a safety problem with the drinking water.
However, as a precautionary measure to ensure the
safety of our customers, Rite Aid is specifically asking customers to return bottles of
water with the following dates stamped on the container: Rite Aid Drinking Water
(1-gallon) best if used by 9/15/1999 Rite Aid Drinking Water (2 1/2-gallon) best if used
by: 8/1/1999, 9/9/1999, 9/23/1999 and 1/25/2000.
Rite Aid is requesting that customers who
purchased any of the above water return it to a Rite Aid store for a full refund. However,
the company also will gladly accept the return of any Rite Aid brand bottled water,
regardless of the dates stamped on the container.
Rite Aid has cancelled any further shipments of
water from Pure Water Corporation, and is working with a new manufacturer to restock its
Rite Aid brand waters as quickly as possible.