Jun 22, 2015

Niagara Bottling Issues Voluntary Recall

An E. coli contamination was found in one of the company’s spring sources

Niagra Bottling bottled water recall

Niagara Bottling is issuing a voluntary recall due to concerns that one of its spring sources is contaminated with E. coli.

E. 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.

One of Niagara's spring sources had a positive indication of E. coli. The company has not received any complaints of injury or illness of any kind. As the spring source did not notify the company in a timely manner, it has discontinued the use of this source.

Out of caution and in the interest of public safety, Niagara Bottling LLC is issuing a voluntary recall for all spring water products produced at the Hamburg, Pa., and Allentown, Pa., facilities from the time frame of 3 a.m. (EDT) June 10 to 8 p.m. (EDT) June 18, 2015.

The products were sold under the following brand names:

  • Acadia;
  • Best Yet;
  • Nature's Place;
  • Shaws;
  • Acme;
  • 7-11;
  • Pricerite;
  • Shoprite;
  • Big Y;
  • Niagara;
  • Superchill;
  • Western Beef Blue;
  • Morning Fresh; and
  • Wegman's.

To determine if your product is affected, 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 8 p.m.)

Customers who purchased the affected water should bring it to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use other bottled water. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

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 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.