Re-coli: Wegmans Recalls Bottled Water That May Contain E.Coli Bacteria

The Wegmans supermarket chain has issued a recall for some bottled water that may contain e.coli bacteria, as per a report on Bustle. The recall effects water sold at Wegmans stores in New York State, Massachusetts, and Erie, Pennsylvania, the only three areas where the E.coli contaminated water was shipped.

The recall is specifically for the 16.9 oz plastic bottles of Wegmans store-brand Food You Feel Good About Spring Water, which may have been contaminated with the E.coli bacteria. Currently, there have been no reports of illnesses caused by the water, but Wegmans issued the recall “out of an abundance of caution,” according to their website.

“Niagara Bottling has recalled some date codes of multiple brands of bottled spring water products due to the possible presence of E.coli. No complaints of injury or illness have been associated with this recall at this time. Some 16.9oz bottles of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Spring Water are included in this recall. Please see date code and specific product details above.

“This bottled water is treated with a continuous ozonation process, a proven kill step for E.coli. The recall was issued out of an abundance of caution.

“All product may be returned for a full refund.”

As notes, the affected bottles have best-before dates between June 10 and June 18, 2016 and were bottled by Niagara Bottling, LLC, Ontario, CA., and feature one of the following four UPCs:

Wegmans FYFGA Spring Water, 16.9 oz UPC 7789018860

Wegmans FYFGA Spring Water, 16.9 oz, 12-pack UPC 7789010085

Wegmans FYFGA Spring Water, 16.9 oz, 24-pack UPC 7789028768

Wegmans FYFGA Spring Water, 16.9 oz, 35-pack UPC 7789029365

E.coli, or more properly, Escherichia coli, is one of the more prevalent and deadly food-borne illnesses in the developed world and outbreaks often result in deaths, particularly among children. Most strains are harmless, but virulent strains can cause gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, and neonatal meningitis, in addition to severe abdominal cramps, fever, and other signs of gastrointestinal distress. In extreme cases, it can be responsible for bowel necrosis and perforation leading to severe complications.

As the Inquisitr has previously reported, this is the second time in a year that Wegmans has had to issue a product recall; in July of 2014, some of their baked goods were involved in a Listeria outbreak due to contaminated fruit, although the impact to Wegmans was limited to some of their baked goods in that case.

In the unlikely event that you have consumed the recalled water and are feeling ill, seek medical attention immediately.

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