One Twitter user said, "Dasani water just reached my fridge, this coronavirus is getting out of hand."
At a time when the world is in dire straits, dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, one can't help but notice how difficult it is going to be in the next few months or so. People have been stocking up and in fact, even hoarding from supermarkets, leaving nothing for others. Be it groceries, toilet papers, water bottles, hand sanitizers or whatnot, everyone's panic buying everything they can find. However, Dasani water bottles aren't one of them.
Earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had urged people to obtain "extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community" and "have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time."
And now, many people have taken to Twitter to share how Dasani bottled waters remained unsold even amid the panic buying that led to barren shelves. "Y’all. Is Dasani really that bad?! This is literally the only water left of the shelves," a social media user Ty Jackson tweeted from her local store.
my mom stacked up on DASANI for the quarantine nah sorry i’ll just take dying of thirst pic.twitter.com/hcECbvujev— Dom (@domsoepic) March 14, 2020
Not just Ty but many others took to their social media platforms, sharing photos of Dasani bottles at their local supermarkets. Twitter handle BrooklynDad_Defiant! wrote: If I wanted something that tasted like Dasani, I'd just stick my head in the sewer with my mouth open for free. Why would anyone pay for that nasty a** water? Meanwhile, another user [email protected] commented on the trend: Amazon is sold out of every water (even fucking arrowhead) except for dasani, i'm actually bout to start drinking my own piss because it's probably safer than dasani.
Dasani water just reached my fridge, this corona virus is getting out of hand 😑— Yunng Chavo 🏅 (@Yunng_Chavo) March 25, 2020
This is not the first time that Dasani has faced backlash. In 2004, Coca Cola was forced to withdraw its entire batch of Dasani bottled water from the UK markets. This came after it was found to contain excessive levels of bromate, which is said to increase the risk of cancer, according to The Guardian.
it has salt in it to make you more thirsty and it also tastes like metal— Dom (@domsoepic) March 14, 2020
Now you must be wondering why people are refraining from buying Dasani bottled water. A website called tyentusa.com noted that the water is not safe for drinking and wrote: "Dasani advertises their bottled water as pure, still drinking water. But if you take a look at what’s inside, you’ll see it contains traces of purified water, potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, and sodium. These are not ingredients you would see in a bottle of pure, still water. In fact, there have been allegations that Dasani simply fills their bottles with purified tap water. So while purified tap water isn’t really harmful, it’s still unethical for a brand of that size to lie to their customers. They should commit to what they promised: pure, still water."
The website noted that exposure to magnesium sulfate could have a severe impact on health. "Dasani defends their product stating that the small levels of magnesium sulfate add flavor to their bottled drink. But if you think about it, this chemical has a bitter taste so it wouldn’t make sense to use it for Dasani water flavors."
Day 8 of quarantine: ...Dasani water not really that bad— aidan (@tealtomatoes) March 25, 2020