The California-based company Niagara Bottling LLC which produces bottled water recalled some of its products because of E.coli concerns. It seems that so far there was not any sign that the products were contaminated and no consumers were reported to be sick. However the company declared that they are doing the recall out of an abundance of caution.
The water which is assumed to be contaminated was bottled by Niagara Water at its Pennsylvania facilities in Upper Macungie or Hamburg between June 10 and June 18. Niagara Bottling said that the operator of a spring which supplies the two plants did not report proof of E.coli at the source. However the company stopped the production and issued a voluntary recall and is now dealing with disinfecting the bottling lines.
Stan Bratskeir, a spokesman for the company, said that they have stopped working with the water source Far Away Springs. The source released a statement in which they admitted that the possibility that the samples of spring water at the source were not completely free of bacteria may be true. However Far Away Springs declared that at the receiving plants every load were tested and according to them the results were all perfect.
Niagara Bottling produces 14 brands of water bottles: Acme, Acadia, Best Yet, Big Y, Nature’s Place, Niagara, Superchill, Pricerite, Morning Fresh, ShopRite, Wegmans, Shaws, Western Beef Blue. To check whether the product is among those who were recalled Niagara explained that customers must check the code on the bottle. The products which are suspected to be infected with E.coli have codes which begin with the letters “A” or “F”. The first digit which follows after the letter represents the number of the production line and the next two numbers after it represent the day followed by the month, year and time.
E.coli is not a dangerous bacterium, but some strains can lead to serious food poisoning. The owner of Far Away Springs, Stan Frompovicz, said that the water at the two plants has never tested positive for E.coli in eight years. He also said that after the bad results of the June 10 test the water was tested again 27 times in the same day and during the following week it was tested 175 times and all the tests were negative.
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