Bottled Water Recalled Over E. Coli Concerns

No injuries have been linked to the bottles in question.

(Photo: Niagara Water)

Jun 23, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

More than a dozen brands of bottled water are being recalled after evidence of E. coli bacteria was found at the spring source. Niagara Bottling says no one has reported an injury, but the bacteria is of particular concern for people with a weakened immune system.

These are the brands of springwater included in the recall: Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, ShopRite, Western Beef Blue, and Wegmans.

The water was bottled between June 10 and 18, but it can still be boiled and consumed, the company said in a statement. More detail about bottle markings for the affected water can be obtained here.

So, Why Should You Care? E. coli bacteria is normally present in human intestines, and most varieties are harmless, according to the Mayo Clinic. Those most at risk of serious injury are typically young children, older adults, and those who have a preexisting illness that weaken the immune system.

It’s rare to see advisories to boil bottled water, a measure usually relied on in areas where industrial waste interferes with the quality of local drinking water.

Another reason to avoid bottled water may be its high environmental cost. On average, each American uses 167 water bottles a year but only recycles 38 of those, activists say. All told, Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year.