Niagara Bottling is recalling its bottled water products due to concerns that one of its spring sources is contaminated with E. coli. The company says ” the source was potentially compromised” and the recall was issued “out of an abundance of caution.”
The only affected products have codes that begin with the letter F (for Hamburg) or A (for Allentown). The first digit after the letter indicates the number of the production line. The next two numbers indicate the day, then the month in letters, the year, and then the time, based on a 24-hour clock.
Example: A610JUN15 2000
(Allentown line 6, manufactured on June 10, 2015 at 8 p.m.)
All spring water products produced at the company’s facilities in Hamburg and Allentown, Pennsylvania between 3 a.m. June 10 to 8 p.m. June 18 were recalled.
The contaminated water was sold under the following brand names:
- Big Y
- Best Yet
- Morning Fresh
- Nature’s Place
- Western Beef Blue
Affected products have codes that start with the letter F or A. The first digit after the letter indicates the number of the production line. The next two numbers indicate the day, then the month in letters, the year, and then the time, based on a 24-hour clock.
Niagara advises customers not to drink the water without boiling it first or use a different bottled water altogether. The water should be boiled for one minute and then cooled.
The company says the contamination was discovered in the water supply on June 10. Because the affected spring source did not notify Niagara Bottling in a timely manner, they have stopped using the source.
E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
If you have questions about which products are affected, click here to contact Niagara Water.