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Bottled Water Recalled Over E. Coli Alarm

Bottled Water Recalled Over E. Coli Alarm

A number of bottled water brands have been recalled by a bottling company in California due to an abundance of caution. The company said that E. coli has been discovered in one of the water sources. The company is headquartered in Ontario, Canada which announced it was recalling water bottled at its factory in Pennsylvania. The spokesman of the company, Stan Bratskeir, has not specified the number of recalled bottles. 

The source of the contamination originates from Far Away Springs, a water provider based in Auburn, Pennsylvania. Lab tests have not shown traces of E. coli in bottled water nor in the water provided to them by Far Away Springs. Bratskeir assured customers that the water in question did not reach supermarkets. "The overwhelming likelihood is that all the bottled water is fine," Bratskeir said. "The water we got from that source was clean. We test it all."

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokeswoman Lauren Sucher said that the FDA "encourages companies to issue product recalls when they find potential problems." 

Niagara said that the disinfection process during the bottling of the water would have prevented E. coli to spread in finalized products, even if the water was contaminated. "Despite this, once we were informed of the potential presence of E. coli at the spring source, we immediately shut down our operations, disinfected our bottling lines and initiated a voluntary recall in an abundance of caution and in the interests of consumer safety," the company said in a statement.  

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