Bad news for bottled-water drinkers, good news for the planet.
Americans buy some 29 billion water bottles a year, only one in six of those is recycled; it takes 17 million barrels of crude oil to package all that water. A recall of bottled water isn't going to have a huge effect on the problem, but any reason to steer people toward the tap could be helpful.
And with that in mind, we report that a water bottling company has recalled all of their spring water products produced at two Pennsylvania facilities after being told that the water source was potentially compromised by E. coli bacteria. Signs of E. coli infection typically begin three or four days after exposure, though one can become ill in as little as a day or as long as a week later. Signs and symptoms include: diarrhea, which may range from mild and watery to severe and bloody; abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness; and nausea and vomiting in some people.
Niagara Bottling notes that the bacteria were discovered on June 10, saying, “As the spring source did not notify us in a timely manner, we have discontinued the use of this source."
It was not immediately clear how far and wide the bottles were distributed, but the water is sold under a number of brands and in major supermarket chains. These are the brand names:
- Big Y
- Best Yet
- Morning Fresh
- Nature’s Place
- Western Beef Blue
Products were recalled at ACME Markets in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; at Shaw’s grocery stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; and at Wegmans grocery stores, which operate in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
And the moral of the story is? Drink tap.