Mineral water sold at Taiwan Muji stores found to contain carcinogens 4 times safe limit

Tainted mineral water sold at Muji stores in Taiwan can be returned for a full refund until May

Muji mineral water. (Image from Muji website)

Muji mineral water. (Image from Muji website)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Mineral water sold at outlets of the Japanese retail chain Muji in Taiwan have been found to contain excessive levels of carcinogens, and customers have until May to return the tainted beverages or proof of purchase for a full refund, reported CNA.

Taiwan Muji said that bottles of its mineral water were found to contain levels of carcinogens above acceptable limits. As there are also concerns about its carbonated mineral water, both carbonated and noncarbonated versions of its bottled mineral water can be returned for a full refund, said the company.

Taiwan Muji said the bottled water has been completely removed from all shelves and customers can submit receipts or the products for a full refund until May 31. As for how many of its bottled mineral water products were found to be contaminated and how many were sold, the company said it is still in the process of carrying out an inventory count.

The product in question is Toyama Natural Mineral Water (日本富山天然礦泉水), which is produced in Kurobe City in Japan's Toyama Prefecture. On February 12, inspectors found that samples of the product contained 0.02 to 0.04 of Bromic acid per liter, which is two to four times the safe level stipulated by the Act Governing Food Sanitation (食品衛生法).

The company stated that consumers who purchased their product online can contact the customer service personnel of the original online shopping platform to confirm the procedure for a refund. Muji said that it apologized for the inconvenience caused to its customers and said it would continue to strengthen its quality control measures.

Muji store. (Facebook.com/muji.jp)