Fourteen brands of bottled water are being recalled after the possibility of having E. Coli contamination. Niagara Bottling and 7-Eleven are just two of them, and it appears as if it all stems from a spring source or two that could have possibly been contaminated and spread to the bottling process.
It isn’t exactly known yet how wide the possible contaminated bottled water products were distributed. Still, a number of major supermarket chains with stores all across the northeast have sent out press releases saying they had carried the products in their locations.
NBC New York reports that all companies are urging customers to not drink any of the bottled water they have purchased without boiling it first. All water should be boiled first for one minute and then cooled.
Bottled water included in the recall for E. Coli was sold in different locations under these brand names.
- Big Y
- Best Yet
- Morning Fresh
- Nature’s Place
- Western Beef Blue
The bottled water affected was bottled between the dates of June 10 and June 18. Those would be the possible E. Coli affected products.
The products were produced in facilities in Hamburg and Allentown, Pennsylvania.
In order to try and determine if the contamination is in your bottled water from these retailers, look for the codes. All affected products will have codes that start with the letters “A” or “F.”
The first digit after the letter in the code indicates the number of the production line. The following two numbers indicate the day, then the month in letters, the year, and then the time, based on a 24-hour clock.
A full list of codes has been released by Niagara Water and can be found by clicking this link.
E. Coli bacteria can develop when natural water is polluted and contaminated with waste of humans or animals. The bacteria can then cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, cramps, and other symptoms.
Niagara Water and others are suggesting that consumers don’t drink the bottled water at all, but if they choose to do so, boil it. The spring source did not notify the company of the contamination in a timely manner, and therefore, they have stopped using it.
For anyone that may have some of this bottled water possibly contaminated with E. Coli, please follow the steps for making it safe to drink. E. Coli is a serious bacteria that cause extreme illness and needs to be avoided at all costs.
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