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
In general, we're not big fans of bottled water to begin with. From bottles polluting our oceans to plastic chemicals polluting your body, there are plenty of reasons to ditch bottled water.
“For years, the bottled water industry has touted the so-called purity and superiority of its products, even drumming up fear towards tap water,” says Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director. “While problems relating to our nation's aging infrastructure can sometimes compromise the quality of tap water, it's important to remember that the United States has some of the safest, cleanest water in the world. That's because tap water is more strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency than bottled water is by the Food & Drug Administration.”
Instead of shelling out $2 for bottled water, invest in a water filter, like Soma's Water Filtration Carafe that uses biodegratable filters from coconut shells to remove chlorine. For other contamination concerns, reference EWG's Water Filter Buying Guide to find a filter that's right for you.
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.