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Pennsylvania bottling company recalls water contaminated with E. coli

May 1, 2014
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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a notice to the public, warning against the consumption of Tyler Mountain bottled water that could be contaminated with E. coli.

The warning relates to three, four and five gallon sizes of the product, bottled on April 17 and 18. The bottling company, Aqua Filter Fresh, and the DEP have initiated a recall of approximately 9,400 bottles of Tyler Mountain Water. According to a spokesman for the department, about 60 percent of the recalled water had been recovered as of April 28.

Even though it started the recall, the company rejected accusations that the water had been contaminated and claimed that the problem stemmed from mistaken lab test results, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Aqua Filter Fresh explained that it had tested randomly selected bottles of water from the recalled lots and found no contamination, leading to the conclusion that there were flaws in the tests carried out at a contract laboratory.

So far no illnesses or other adverse health effects have been reported to the company or the DEP. The presence of E.coli in water may signal contamination with human or animal waste and the bacteria is particularly dangerous to infants and young children, as well as to elderly people and those with compromised immune systems, the department warned.