Niagara water bottled at PA facilities recalled
HARRISBURG, Pa. –Niagara water bottled at two Pennsylvania facilities is the subject of a voluntary recall. The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection (DEP), and Health are advising consumers that spring water bottled by the company Niagara at its facilities in Hamburg, Berks County or Upper Macungie, Lehigh County between June 10 and June 18 should not be consumed due to the possibility of contamination with E. coli bacteria.
On its website, the company posted the following notice:
Out of an abundance of caution and in the interests of maintaining the highest possible standards for product quality, Niagara® is issuing a voluntary recall for all spring water products produced from its Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities during the June 10th – June 18th time frame.
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.
Niagara Bottling is issuing a voluntary recall due to concerns that one of its spring sources is contaminated with E. coli.
- coli bacteria were found in the water supply on June 10, 2015. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.
What should I do?
DO NOT DRINK THE AFFECTED WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST OR USE OTHER BOTTLED WATER. Bring all affected water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
- 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 symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What happened? What is being done?
One of Niagara’s spring sources had a positive indication of E. coli. We have not received any complaints of injury or illness of any kind. As the spring source did not notify us in a timely manner, we have discontinued the use of this source.
Out of an abundance of caution and in the strict interest of public safety, Niagara Bottling, LLC is issuing a voluntary recall for all spring water products produced at both the Hamburg, PA and Allentown, PA facilities from the time frame of 3am (EDT) June 10th to 8pm (EDT) June 18, 2015. The products were sold under the following brand names:
Western Beef Blue
To determine if your product is affected, please reference the following information on the code, which can be found on the bottle. The code will indicate the place, date and time that the product was produced.
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 8pm)
Products made between June 10 a 3 am (EDT) and June 18 at 8 pm (EDT) should not be used.
For more information, please contact:
Niagara Bottling, LLC Consumer Service