July 27, 2000Spring Water recall Expanded to
Include Additional Brands
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PA (SafetyAlerts) - The Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today expanded its recall on water bottled by
Global Beverage Systems Inc. of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, after it was discovered the
company distributed bottles of coliform-contaminated water to several retailers.
Western Pennsylvania residents are urged not to drink Foodland, Shop'N Save and Flavorite
brands of spring and distilled water from one-gallon and 2.5-gallon containers bottled by
Global Beverage Systems.
``We are continuing our investigation of how coliform got into the bottles and why the
company was operating without a permit,'' said DEP Regional Director Chuck Duritsa. ``We
have ordered Global Beverage to immediately cease bottling or supplying any drinking
water. In the meantime, anyone who has symptoms they feel are related to drinking these
brands of bottled water should call the Allegheny County Health Department at (412)
687-ACHD or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.''
The bottled water, which was supplied to Global by Roaring Spring of Blair County, was
found to be contaminated with coliform bacteria, which can cause flu-like symptoms such as
dizziness, diarrhea, nausea and cramps.
According to a DEP investigation, samples of the water supplied by Roaring Spring showed
the contamination of the water did not come from the water source or the trucks used to
haul the water to Global's facility.
So far, DEP has found contaminated water labeled as ``Foodland Spring Water'' with the lot
numbers 1155 and 1141, expiration June 28, 2002, bottled by Global Beverage Systems Inc.
of Latrobe, Westmoreland County.
Three one-gallon bottles sampled by the Allegheny County Health Department showed
extremely high levels of coliform. The samples were taken after an Allegheny County man
reported to the Health Department that he became sick after drinking the water.
No one else has reported illnesses related to drinking the water.
LeNature's brand carbonated water, also bottled by Global, was not affected by the
contamination as the product is pasteurized during the bottling process. LeNature's is
distributed through Wal-Mart stores.
CONTACT: Patrick Shuster, Community Relations Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Dept. of
Environmental Protection, 412-442-4183, or pager, 412-750-0859. .
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