Here, at Waterlogic, we preach the bottleless movement We know how costly using bottled water in the home and in a workplace can really be – not just for the business or the consumer, but also for the environment. But a news story today shows that it could also be costly to your health!
As reported by Good Morning America (ABC News), there has been a voluntary recall of bottled water from Niagara Bottled Company due to potential E. coli contamination, which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramping and nausea. This recall expands in almost a dozen states, across 14 chain stores, including: Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature's Place, PriceRite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, ShopRite, Western Beef Blue and Wegmans.
“There’s more rules and regulation around tap water then bottled water.EPA requires all information about tap water to be available."
Dr. Richard Besser, American physician, ABC News's Chief Health and Medical editor
Although, there have not been any reported health issues or injuries by the factory at the time of this report, we still argue that water that has been freshly filtered and purified at the point of use is best.
A lot of us think that bottled water is better quality then our municipal water, but in this GMA clip, Dr. Richard Besser reinstates the point, that we (here at Waterlogic) know all too well – “. . . there’s more rules and regulation around tap water then bottled water.EPA requires all information about tap water to be available.”
So how do you stay safe and still stay hydrated during these hot summer months?
Check your bottled water
As stated by Niagara's Consumer Notice, this recall affects spring water (not purified) bottled water from that was manufactured in their Hamburg and Allentown, Pennsylvania facilities between June 10 and 18th.
To know if you're purchased water is affected, look at The Best By codes on the outer-wrap skrink-film or on the bottle. The affected cases/bottles would be in the range of:
F# BEST BY 08DEC2016 to F# BEST BY 16DEC2016
A# BEST BY 08DEC2016 to A# BEST BY 16DEC2016
F# indicates the Hamburg plant and line number
A# indicates the Allentown plant and line number
A complete list of codes that have been recall can also be found at the end of this blog post.
Overall, incidents like this do happen and they serve as a great reminder of the importance of going bottleless – not just to save us a bit of cash, but to benefit our health.So as you reach for your bottled water, just keep in mind that it could be more than just water that you’re reaching for.
Stay healthy. Stay hydrated.
Complete list of codes: