Example: [Collected on the Internet, July 2011]
Origins: In June 2011 an alarming warning against drinking Dew® brand bottled water began circulating in some African nations. Spread by cell phone text message, it stated the beverage contained a chemical that caused the death of
The message was a hoax of uncertain origin. No one has died — or gotten ill — from drinking Dew® water.
Nigeria's Food and Drugs Board (FDB) established the rumor as false after investigations it conducted. Also, investigation by the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in several hospitals around Nigeria revealed there was no incident of hospitalization or death arising from consumption of Dew® or any other bottled water.
In an official statement about the rumor, NAFDAC said:
NAFDAC hereby informs the general public that the text message is false and mischievous as there is no poisonous water imported into the country.
Last updated: 4 August 2011
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