Plus, bottled water alternatives so you don’t need to worry.
Niagara water bottling company has issued a recall affecting 14 brands of bottled water coming from two Pennsylvania-based bottling plants. The problem? Possible E. coli contamination. Products recalled were bottled at the Hamburg and Allentown plants in Pennsylvania between June 10 to 18.
Brands affected by this recall are:
• Big Y
• Best Yet
• Nature’s Place
• Morning Fresh
• Western Beef Blue
To identify recalled products, look for Best By codes that read: F# BEST BY 08DEC2016 to F# BEST BY 16DEC2016 and A# BEST BY 08DEC2016 to A# BEST BY 16DEC2016.
For Wegman’s products look for:
A3 BEST BY 09JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 10JUN2016
A1 BEST BY 13JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 15JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 16JUN2016
A4 BEST BY 16JUN2016
If you’re using your own water bottle, be sure to pick one that is stainless steel or glass. Reusable plastic waterbottles often contain BPA, which has shown to have some nasty health impacts. “BPA-Free” plastic water bottles may be even worse and has been linked to heart damage and brain damage.
For some, however, bottled water is a necessity, like those who have had their water contaminated by fracking. Hauter says that this is an issue that the U.S. needs to remedy. “People should never be so leery of tap water that they resort to obtaining their water from other questionable sources such as bottled water,” she says. “The federal government needs to step up its efforts to modernize and maintain community water systems.”
If you have a well, always get your water tested annually for contamination and filter your water accordingly. If you rely on municipal water, request that your community tests the water regularly.