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E. coli worry prompts recall by water bottler that serves Wegmans

Niagara Bottling has issued a voluntary recall of certain bottles of water, including Wegmans’ store brand, due to concerns that one of its spring sources might have been contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The recall affects specific bottles sold under a variety of brand names, including Wegmans.

Niagara Bottling, which is based in California, said that while one of its spring sources had a “positive indication” of E. coli, it had received no complaints of illness, but issued the recall out of “an abundance of caution and in the strict interest of public safety.”

The company said the bacteria was found in the water supply June 10.

“As the spring source did not notify us in a timely manner, we have discontinued the use of this source,” Niagara Bottling said.

Wegmans said the only bottles covered by the recall are “Wegmans Food You Feel Good About” spring water in 16.9-ounce bottles with labels marked “Best by 10 Jun 16 through Best by 18 Jun 16” and bottled by Niagara Bottling LLC of Ontario, Calif. Additionally, the individual bottles would display UPC 7789018860. Also covered by the recall are 12-pack, UPC 7789010085; 24-pack, UPC 7789028768; and 35-pack, UPC 7789029365.

The water in question was bottled for the company at two Pennsylvania plants, in Allentown and Hamburg.

Wegmans said products covered by the recall can be returned for a full refund. For more details, call (855) 934-3663, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Niagara Bottling said the only affected products have codes starting with the letter “F,” for Hamburg, Pa., or “A,” for Allentown, Pa.

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.

Products made between 3 a.m. June 10 and 8 p.m. June 18 should not be used, the company said. For further information, call Niagara Bottling at (877) 487-7873.

The other brand names affected by the recall are: Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-Eleven, Niagara, Nature’s Place, PriceRite, Super Chill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, ShopRite and Western Beef Blue.

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