Billings Company Recalls Bottled Water

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Bottled Water Recall

A Billings company is voluntarily recalling bottled water it produces under the Red Lodge Spring Water label after tests turned up positive for coliform bacteria.

Yellowstone Ice & Water discovered the problem Thursday, July 19, and immediately notified all of its customers and various state agencies, owner Kevin Olson said. The water is distributed in Billings and Red Lodge.

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Red Lodge Spring Water is packaged in one and 2.5 gallon disposable containers as well as three and five gallon returnable containers. The recall affects only the Red Lodge Spring Water products produced from July 16, 2007 through July 20, 2007 with product codes: #071607, 071707, and 071807. No other products produced by Yellowstone Ice & Water are affected by this recall.

Symptoms of coliform infection include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms usually appear within 2 to 4 days, but can take up to 8 days. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should consult a physician. Most people recover without antibiotics or other specific treatment in 5-10 days.

The affected water should not be consumed, but can be returned to the company for a refund. Yellowstone Ice and Water is located at 1718 4th Avenue North in Billings.

"Yellowstone Ice & Water is fully cooperating to make sure the affected products are removed from distribution and that the cause of the contamination is corrected before production of these products is resumed," said Howard Reid of the DPHHS Food and Consumer Safety Section.

In addition to DPHHS, the Yellowstone City-County Health Department and the Department of Environmental Quality are also working with company to correct the problem.

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