Jun 23, 2015

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Niagara Recalls 14 Bottled Water Brands

Niagara Bottling LLC has recalled all the 14 brands of bottled water that was produced at its two Pennsylvania bottling facilities between June 10 and 18, 2015. This was after the company was informed that there was a likelihood its water source may have been compromised by the E.coli bacteria.

According to Niagara, the E.coli bacteria were discovered on June 10.

The company noted “As the spring source did not notify us in a timely manner, we have discontinued the use of this source.”

Niagara added that there was no reports or illness of injury yet and that a test conducted on the finished product had not detected any contaminants or other issues.

The related brands bear the word Niagara Bottling LLC on the label and are marketed under the following names; Acadia, Big Y, Best Yet, Morning Fresh, Shop Rite, Western Beef Blue, Superchill, Niagara and 7-Eleven as well as Wegmans.

Some of the stores where the recalled water was sold include Wegmans, ShopRite, 7-Eleven, and Acme.

According to a note posted by Niagara, anyone who may have bought the water should boil it and let it cool for one minute before using it. “Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water,” the statement read. Consumers also have the option of returning the contaminated water and would be fully compensated.

The presence of the E.coli bacteria primarily shows that the water may have been contaminated with animal or human waste. The microbes in the waste can trigger an onset of diarrhea, cramps, headaches and nausea. The microbes may also pose health risks to infants, young children, and some elderly people and can even affect the immune system, according to the Niagara’s notice.

The exact location of the facilities where the recalled water was bottled are Hamburg and Allentown, PA, and the bottling took place between 3.a.m EDT on June 10 and 8 p.m on June 18, 2015, Niagara stated.

Consumers can check the code information on the bottle to tell if it was part of the recalled batch or not. The code information indicates the place of production, time, and date.” Only the bottled water whose codes start with F or A are affected,” the company said.

The first digit after the number shows the production line while the subsequent two numbers show the day, followed by the month in letters, the year, and the time. For instance, A619, JUN, 15 2000 means the water was bottled at Allentown line 6, on June 10, 2015, at 8 p.m. The time is based on a 24-hour clock.

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