PHILADELPHIA – Somewhat ironically, in the face of ever-increasing drought threats, a California bottling firm announced a voluntary recall of multiple bottled water brands this week, after one of its sources was found to be contaminated with E. coli.
Niagara Bottling, based in Ontario, California, said it was voluntarily recalling bottles of water produced at its Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities between June 10 and June 18, “out of an abundance of caution.”
While much of the water under recall had not yet made it on to store shelves, the Food and Drug Administration encourages companies to issue product recalls when they find potential problems.
The recalled water was sold under the brand names of 7-11, Acadia, Acme, Best Yet, Big Y, Morning Fresh, Nature's Place, Niagara Pricerite, Shaws, Shoprite, Superchill, Wegmans and Western Beef Blue. The potentially affected products have codes that begin with the letter F or A.
According to news reports, a Niagara spokesman would not say how many bottles of water were recalled, but said it was less than 3% of water produced by the company during the period. The contamination was found at a water provider, Far Away Springs, based in Auburn, Pennsylvania, but no contamination was found in the water obtained from Far Away Springs or in Niagara's own finished products.
For more information on the recall, contact Niagara Bottling Consumer Service at (877) 487-7873 or visit www.niagarawater.com.