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Wegmans bottled water to return

Wegmans Food Markets will begin restocking its own brand of bottled water next month after it was pulled from shelves in five eastern states this summer.

Wegmans had recalled the water in August after samples were found with high levels of bromate. The chemical is created in the disinfection process.

Since the recall, company officials have worked to find a new supplier, said Jo Natale, a spokeswoman for Rochester-based food store.

The newly sourced bottled water -- with new labels but the same price -- will be launched Jan. 14, Natale said.

Mayer Bros., a West Seneca bottled water and cider company, had supplied Wegmans with its store-brand bottled water until last summer's recall.

The recall affected 71 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.

The Environmental Protection Agency says years of drinking water with high bromate levels could lead to a higher risk of cancer.

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