A voluntary recall of bottled water in the US has been issued by the Niagara Bottling company after traces of E.coli were discovered.
More than 14 brands of the company’s bottled water products have been affected. Niagara Bottling company distributed the affected water to 11 US states. The states affected include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Among these are food store brands that include Stop & Shop, Acme, Shoprite, Wegman’s and Giant.
The voluntary recall was issued at two of the company’s Pennsylvania facilities after traces of E. coli were detected in their spring water source.
“This is a voluntary recall. Even if the spring has an issue, none of the water showed any issues in our tests,” says Stan Bratskeir, a spokesperson for Niagara Bottling, a family-owned bottled water company in the United States.
The brands of bottled water that were affected between June 10th and June 18th include: Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue and Wegman’s.
“This affects a regional level. Over the eight days, this bottled water was shipped to over 11 states,” says Bratskeir in a FOXBusiness.com interview.
Bratskeir explained that the company’s water goes through a two-step process which includes a microfilteratoin and ozonation. These steps ensure that the water is completely disinfected before it goes into the bottle.
“Even if there was an issue the water, which tested negative, it would have gone into the bottles as clean water during the manufacturing process,” adds Bratskeir.
“The amount of water that got into the consumers hands is very small. The likelihood of the infected products would have only hit retailers on June 15th or 16th. Even then, if the retailer follows the first in, first out rule, there is even a greater likelihood that none of the products even hit consumers hands.”
“Niagara water is safe to drink and consumers who are concerned should check their codes on their bottled water and if they don’t find the code on our website then it’s absolutely safe to drink,” says Bratskeir.
The water company’s press release said that the presence of E. coli indicates that their water source may have been contaminated by human or animal waste.
Symptoms of E. coli can include cramps, headaches, diarrhea and nausea. The elderly, the very young and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of experiencing these symptoms if they’ve consumed contaminated water.