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Niagara Recalls 14 Bottled Water Brands From Same Source for E. Coli Risk

Niagara Bottling LLC has recalled all spring water products produced at its two Pennsylvania facilities between June 10-18, 2015, after being informed that the water source was potentially compromised by E. coli bacteria.

Niagara stated that the bacteria were found on June 10, noting, “As the spring source did not notify us in a timely manner, we have discontinued the use of this source.”

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-quality-control-worker-checking-bottled-water-bottling-plant-image29668236The company added that no reports of illness or injury had been received to date, and that finished product testing had not detected any contaminants or other issues.

The bottled water has Niagara Bottling LLC on the label and is sold under the following brand names: Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-Eleven, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, ShopRite, Western Beef Blue, and Wegmans.

Stores recalling the bottled water products include Wegmans, ShopRite, 7-Eleven, Acme and others.

According to a notice posted June 19 by Niagara, the recalled water should be boiled for one minute and cooled before being used. “Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water,” the notice stated. Consumers may also return the recalled product for a full refund, the company stated.

“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,” the Niagara notice stated.

The bottling facilities where the recalled spring water products were produced are in Hamburg and Allentown, PA, and the production occurred between 3 a.m. EDT on June 10 to 8 p.m. EDT on June 18, 2015, Niagara stated.

The code information on the bottle will reveal whether it is part of the recall. It shows the place, date and time the product was produced. Only the bottled spring water with codes beginning with “F” or “A” are affected, the company stated.

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.

For example, A610JUN15 2000 means produced on Allentown line 6, manufactured on June 10, 2015, at 8 p.m. A list of the recalled lots with case codes and best-by dates can be found here.

For more information, contact Niagara Bottling LLC Consumer Service at (877) 487-7873.

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  • If you become self reliant and make your own water from air with an atmospheric water generator, this is a non-issue. Prevent all that plastic water waste, control the quality of the water you choose to drink, and help preserve our natural water resources. http://www.ecoloblueblog.com/2014/04/24/types-of-ecoloblue-atmospheric-water-generators/

    • Russell Kay

      In some places it’s illegal to do so.

  • Op2

    For over a week, my family and I thought our symptoms were a stomach virus until the news article came out yesterday. We returned 3 cases of Acadia Water to S&S last night , but kept 3 bottles from at least 2 cases in hope of it being tested for E-Coli. L&M noted that at least 2 bottles from the samples are from the recall list. The hospital does not test water for e-coli and since everyone has e-coli in their intestine, any stool sample is sure to come out positive so how does one make the connection as to the bottled water being the culprit to our suffering?

    • Brandon May

      Try your county extension office.

      • Op2


        • La

          But what do you do to feel better?

          • Op2

            We stopped drinking the bottled Acadia and returned 3 cases remaining. The following day could see a noticeable difference for most symptom. For the remaining symptoms, we continue to take the prescribed antacid meds for heartburn, burping, etc. Antibiotics would have only made the bacterial infection worse, they said. Just waiting for the lab samples results in the meantime. -one night I stared at my bottle of water and said I think you might be the culprit. A week later, there was the recall. smh

          • daarina

            Try taking %100 natural garlic pills. They work as penicillin.

          • Op2

            We were told by the ER that antibiotics would be bad because it would allow for bacteria like e-coli to flourish. Symptoms began to diminished upon switching a different brand.

    • DocB

      There are multiple types of E-Coli. When they test for E-Coli they test first for a specific strain and then they can match it genetically to a particular source. The good thing about this recall is that the source has already been identified and this will speed up the comparison. Sometimes the outbreak occurs after the affected food is already gone. Many times you will hear of an outbreak that is linked to a food, and this could mean that there was none left to test. Next best thing is if they can find environmental samples that match the particular strain. They will test production equipment, floors, drains and anyplace else that E-Coli may continue to survive and in this way may be able to identify the facility.

      • Op2

        Thanks for the info.

  • Tree

    I just bought a new car with 3 miles on it and oddly enough there was opened bottle of Niagra water in the door! I hate throwing away water so I watered my plant with it! I wonder if my plant is going todie and cant help but think how close I could have possibly been to the bacteria!

  • La

    My family is ill too. We thought it was a stomach bug too. Do we need to see the Dr?