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  1. 6/25/2015 SEVERAL BRANDS OF BOTTLED WATER RECALLED OVER E. COLI FEARS
  2. Before you take a sip of your next bottled water, take a good look at the label. Niagara Bottling company, based in Pennsylvania, issued a voluntary recall of several of its bottled water brands due to possible E. coli contamination, according to the company’s official statement.

     

    The contamination is linked to one of the springs Niagara bottles water from. A warning was issued by the Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection, and Health, stating that spring water bottled between June 10 and June 18 at Niagra’s Hamburg, PA and Allentown, PA facilities should not be consumed.

     

    In a statement on their website Niagara writes:

     

    Niagara was notified that the source was potentially compromised. There have been no reports of any illness or injury related to the above mentioned products to date and finished product testing detected no contaminants or issues of any kind. This voluntary withdrawal is being implemented in cooperation with State and Federal Agencies.

     

    The brands bottled between these two facilities (and some are sold in Colorado) are:

     

    ·       Acadia

    ·       Acme

    ·       Big Y

    ·       Best Yet

    ·       7-11

    ·       Niagara

    ·       Nature’s Place

    ·       Pricerite

    ·       Superchill

    ·       Morning Fresh

    ·       Shaws

    ·       Shoprite

    ·       Western Beef Blue

    ·       Wegman’s

     

    To check if your water is affected, look at the product code.

     

    The 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 day, then the month in letters, the year, and then the time, based on a 24-hour clock.

     

    For more information, contact Niagara at 877-487-7873, or visit their Company Website.

     

     

    What To Do If You Suspect Your Water Is Part Of The Recall

     

    In a document consumers can download, Niagara explains, “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.

     

    Niagara advises consumers to boil their water first for one minute, or use other bottled water. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

     

    It is exactly because of the above mentioned recall that the District encourages its customers to Leave Bottled Water Behind – Turn On Your Tap.  Below are four reasons to consider turning on your water tap:

     

    1. Tap water is tested daily: Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, water suppliers are required to provide an annual report on the quality of your local water and to test tap water daily. By comparison, the FDA examines bottled water only weekly, and consumers can’t get the agency’s results. Denver Water’s current Water Quality Report can be found here.

     

    2. Tap water is a bargain: Bottled water costs about 500 times more than tap. If you’re into really fancy labels, up to 1,000 times more.

     

    3. Tap water is a tooth saver: It has more fluoride than bottled water, which helps prevent tooth decay. (Yes, you never outgrow your need for fluoride.)

     

    4. Tap water is often tasty: Some places (Denver for one) have delicious water, but if you don’t love the flavor of yours, the solution is simple: Run your tap water through a Brita or Pur filter to remove most tastes and odors. The average home filter goes for $8.99 and produces the equivalent of 300 large (16.9 ounce) bottles of water. That’s about $0.03 cents a bottle, versus the $1.25 or so you’d pay in a market.

     

    So please, rethink how you drink your water.